CAIRO - 18 August 2022: A Senate report called for the inclusion of the problems and issues of people with special needs as an integral part of Egypt’s vision for sustainable development 2030.
The report took legislative and administrative measures to ensure that differently-abled people enjoy their natural right. It also seeks activating the articles of the constitution and articles of laws related to the needs of people with special needs in Egypt in line with the directives of the political leadership, including the right to employment, allocating 5% of the job opportunities at institutions for them.
This came during recommendations within a report of the Energy, Environment and Manpower Committee on a proposal submitted by MP Muhammad Al-Sayed Al-Salhi regarding activating the 5 percent rate for people with disabilities, which was referred to the government to take the necessary action.
The recommendations also included stiffening the penalties in the event of non-compliance with the application of the 5 percent employment rate, in addition to the need for civil society institutions to participate in the process of supporting and caring for people with special needs, and integrate them into society and not marginalize them with the need to open specializations in schools and universities concerned with training and rehabilitation of people with special needs for the labor market.
The recommendations also call for activating the role of the media in raising community awareness of the problems of people with special needs and ways to appropriately deal with them.
The report emphasized that defining the rights of people with special needs and focusing on their problems and issues is the first building block towards providing them with high quality services, as differently-abled persons have demonstrated a high ability to excel in all sports, scientific and cultural fields, stressing the need to work on empowering people of determination and integrating them into society.
The report indicated that the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Law No. 10 of 2018 stipulates that governmental and non-governmental agencies and every employer who employs twenty or more workers, whether they work in one place or separate places and whatever the nature of their work, are obligated to appoint (5%) of the number of workers with disabilities, at least, who are nominated by the Manpower ministry and its administrative bodies.
The law also urged business owners to employ people of determination in return for some benefits and tax exemptions.
Representative Muhammad Al-Salihi, who presented the proposal with a desire, as stated in the report, said that the right holders of people of determination are still suffering in obtaining their natural right, which is guaranteed by the constitution and the law for them to obtain a job, despite their competence.
Adding that there must be a specific mechanism and follow-up so that governmental and non-governmental agencies are obligated to apply the 5% rate to reach the right to those who are entitled to it, and for the state to rehabilitate people with disabilities to get work.