TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Manpower Ministry planned to campaign for an inclusive work environment for persons with disabilities during the G20 events in the field of employment.
The campaign is expected to encourage all stakeholders to continue to include and empower persons with disabilities in economic development.
“The Indonesian G20 presidency is committed to working to build an inclusive society and support persons with disabilities to live their lives independently. We want to ensure that community development is carried out in an inclusive, just, and prosperous manner,” said the Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah in a written statement on Wednesday night, Jan. 26.
She said the campaign is aimed at providing positive support to the entire community of people with disabilities, as well as increasing public awareness.
According to her, there are more than 1 billion people with disabilities or about 15 percent of the world's population, and 80 percent of them are in the age range of 18 to 64 years which is considered the productive age group in developing countries.
People with disabilities, she added, face more difficulties in finding jobs, are more at risk of losing their jobs, and encounter more challenges in getting back to work after the economic recovery during the pandemic.
Ida also mentioned that as mandated in Article 53 of Law No. 8 of 2016, the government, regional government, SOEs, and regional-owned enterprises are required to employ persons with disabilities at least 2 percent of the total number of employees, while private companies at least 1 percent.