Producing Accessible National ID Cards in Bangladesh
Badiul Alam (he/him)
Democracy is more likely to develop and endure when all segments of society are able to participate without suffering discrimination or reprisal. Recognizing the fundamental rights of all citizens, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) through its Equal Rights in Action Fund provides support to organizations representing marginalized populations including persons with disabilities under three key objectives of safe and secure environment; political participation and empowered and inclusive movements and organizations. Under the topic of “Disability Activism and Justice”, NDI proposes, in partnership with Bangladesh Protibandhi Unnayan Sangstha (BPUS), a recorded lightning talk exploring a key aspect of BPUS’s project: producing accessible national ID cards to ensure PWDs are able to vote. Bangladesh is estimated to have 15 to 20 million PWDs and according to the government, 52 percent are unable to exercise their right to vote because the voting process and voting itself are inaccessible. Over sixty percent of the disability population live in rural areas where the opportunities to participate in public life are even more scarce. The lightning talk will briefly explore BPUS’s project and identify how they are working to eliminate the disenfranchisement of over 15 million citizens and holding the government of Bangladesh accountable to its commitments when ratifying the CRPD.
Dr. Petra Anders is based in Germany. Her research includes cinematic representations of disability, disability studies and gender, and teaching or dance practice. Publications include the chapter ‘More than the “Other”?: On Four Tendencies Regarding the Representation of Disability in Contemporary German Film (2005-2010)’ in Benjamin Fraser’s Cultures of Representation: Disability in World Film Context, ‘Screening Gay Characters with Disabilities’ as part of the blog NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality and the chapter ‘Mediale Zuschreibungen. Über die Rolle von Behinderung im Spielfilm’, in Kunst, Kultur und Inklusion. Menschen mit Behinderung in Presse, Film und Fernsehen: Darstellung und Berichterstattung edited by Juliane Gerland, Susanne Keuchel and Irmgard Merkt. Further publications, for example, an essay on disability in Wim Wenders’ films, are forthcoming in 2021.
Last update: Jun 08, 2021
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