Raising Awareness among Key Stakeholders
7. Invite allies to join trainings for DPO members as guests
Organizing seminars, interactive dialogues, or roundtable discussions specially for professional groups is one way to educate them about the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act, 2013 (DRPA). After learning about the law, some professionals may be interested in sharing their knowledge with DPO members. DPOs can build alliances with civil society champions who are willing to participate in trainings on the DRPA for DPO members to share their specialized knowledge with them.
The experience of USAID’s EPD program has been that inviting professionals to participate in trainings for DPO members allows DPOs to identify and cement relationships with strong allies. Moreover, when professionals act as guests or resource persons for training participants, they have greater opportunities to become sensitized to DPO members’ lived experiences by learning about the issues that they face. Especially after successful seminars and other events, DPOs should seek out professionals as resource persons at future trainings for DPO members on the DRPA.
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