About 300 people with disabilities participated in a march in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to demand an end to discrimination. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Equality for People With Disabilities

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

AUGUST 27, 2019

About 300 people gathered at the Arjuna Wiwaha Statue in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to demand that the government establish a national commission for people with disabilities and remove physical health as requirement for employment in the public service. 

The action came in response to a recent case involving Romi Syofpa Ismael, a dentist from South Solok in West Sumatra, who was disqualified from working for the local government because she uses a wheelchair.

The participants, who wore traditional attire from the various parts of Indonesia, also held a march to disprove the common belief that people with disabilities are unhealthy.

The event was organized by the National Coalition Working Group on Implementing the Law on Persons With Disabilities.

A man waves the national flag while riding on a modified motorcycle during the march along Jalan M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man waves the national flag while riding on a modified motorcycle during the march along Jalan M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Participants carry a banner promoting greater independence for people with disabilities. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Participants carry a banner promoting greater independence for people with disabilities. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman assists her child while participating in the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman assists her child while participating in the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An amputee steers his motorcycle during the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An amputee steers his motorcycle during the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A blind woman addresses the crowd on discrimination against people with disabilities during the gathering at the Arjuna Wiwaha Statue. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A blind woman addresses the crowd on discrimination against people with disabilities during the gathering at the Arjuna Wiwaha Statue. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman dances in her wheelchair to the sound of a traditional Bataknese song. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman dances in her wheelchair to the sound of a traditional Bataknese song. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man addresses marchers while an interpreter translates his words into sign language. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man addresses marchers while an interpreter translates his words into sign language. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A blind man listens to a live-stream video of the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A blind man listens to a live-stream video of the march. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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