The rate of people with disability in Palestine is very high as a result of the occupation practices which intended killing and injury to cause disability, however they still don’t have their basic rights as guaranteed by the Palestinian Law where the law is not applied on the ground.
At the late 1999, the Palestinian Authority adopted the Palestinian Disabled Law, which at that time was considered as a great achievement as it is compatible with the international standards of human rights.
For Women’s Affairs Center, they see that the problem of the people with disability and disabled women in specific lies on the failure of applying laws and regulations, and in providing this group with the needed services and care, beside the violations of the disabled women’s rights. In this regards, Women’s Affairs Center is emphasizing on the need of activating the application of the disabled Palestinian law no. 4 of 1999, and to work on activating the international convention of people with disability by the Palestinian Authority as the legal institution who agreed on the convention.
Women’s Affairs Center also recommended on the necessity of having censorship committees to supervise the implementation of the laws of the disabled people, as well as the need to activate the role of media in documenting the violations of the people with disability’s rights. Besides, formulate a legal group of lawyers to prosecute the official or informal bodies who violate the disabled people’s rights.
Women’s Affairs Center believes on the importance of developing the Palestinian Disabled Law in order to make it more permeable and equitable, especially labor rights and health through adding new articles to organize methods of accountability, and punishment and strengthening the methods of implementing these laws.
In addition, Women’s Affairs Center addressed the Civil Society Organizations to launch a national campaign to raise the disabled people awareness on their rights and to increase the level of concern of the ministries and institutions toward applying the disabled women laws.