TUC Aid supported the development of various trade union disability policies, constitutional change, and workplace action in East African countries, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.
Ethiopia, completed 2019
Disability Aid Abroad (DAA) and the Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU) worked together to deliver a programme of disability rights training and advocacy which consisted of:
Tanzania – project outcomes
In Tanzania, the Disability Champion training materials developed in cooperation with trade unions was translated into Swahili, and 500 copies were formally presented to the Tanzania Union of Industrial and Commercial Workers (TUICO) annual conference in Dodoma, in May 2018. The training booklets were used to help train Disability Champions in the workplace in the East African Federation region.
Uganda – project outcomes
In Uganda, all the National Organisation of Trade Unions’ (NOTU) affiliated trade unions have established Disability Committees and there is a central Disability Committee made up of chairpersons from the individual disability committees. The chair of the central Disability Committee is an automatic member of NOTU's General Council. NOTU’s constitution has been amended to include disability as a standalone issue in the trade union.
Rwanda – project outcomes
In Rwanda, the Trade Union Centre of Workers of Rwanda (CESTRAR) continues to hold Disability Champions workshops and has included disabled trade union members in its Equality Committee. CESTRAR has formed a co-operative relationship with the Rwandan Human Rights Commission and was involved in writing the Commission's UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities submission on employment rights for disabled people. CESTRAR has focused more on training on the employment aspects of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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