CHALLENGES OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ARTICLE 27 REGARDING WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN RURAL SOUTH AFRICAN SETTING

https://doi.org/10.52326/jss.utm.2022.5(2).17

UDC 349.2:331.108(680)

Marubini Christinah Sadiki, Israel Kibirige

Abstract. It is a challenge to implement the work and employment policies for Persons with Disability (PWDs). This study explored challenges regarding implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in a rural South Africa setting. Participants were seven persons with disabilities (female =four, male= three, age range = eitghteen to fifty five years). The researchers used a semi-structured personal interviews to get challenges regarding implementing employment of PWDs. Findings from the thematic analysis suggest language barriers, perceptions and attitudes towards disability and reasonable accommodation. The participants reported challenges related to reasonable accommodation, access to built environment barriers, assistive devices, and workplace adaptation. These findings have implications for the employers and the working conditions of PWDs. The researchers put a few recommendations at the administrative level forward to improve the PWDs challenges.

Keywords: Challenges, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Implementation, South Africa.

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