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Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Date:  12/18/2015 
In 2013, the Government of Barbados ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Since ratification, a committee has been established to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the UNCRPD, demonstrating the commitment of the Government to ensure that the needs of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are met.
The National Disabilities Unit (NDU) provides a wide range of services and programmes which seek to create supportive environments, promote equal opportunities and empower PWDs. The NDU provides PWDs with assistive/mobility devices; recreational activities, transportation services and infrastructural adjustments which allow for better accessibility in their homes.
Paragraphs: 10 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Increased National Assistance Rates

National Assistance in the form of cash transfers have been increased in several
categories namely children, the able-bodied unemployed, Persons with Disabilities and
the Severely Disabled over the last five years, the most recent being in the rate paid on
behalf of children.
Paragraphs: 40 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
As part of the National Policy on Disabilities, the Ministry through the National Disabilities Unit is formulating an Action Plan which will expedite the implementation of policy pertaining to disability Issues. This will include the introduction of new legislation or the amendment of existing legislation.

Ratification of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

As part of the Action Plan, Barbados proposes to ratify the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities to which it became a signatory in 2007.
As a means of providing a more efficient and effective personal social service delivery
system, Barbados has sought to reposition the personal social services sector.
Institutional frameworks have been strengthened to facilitate a more coordinated
approach. Methodologies have been upgraded with the use of technology which permit's
the formulation and implementation of evidenced-based policies. New programmes and
initiatives have been introduced which have seen a shift from the idea of dependence on
welfare to that of empowerment. Where necessary, cash transfers as well as assistance
in-kind have been increased so that persons at risk can better cope with the prevailing
economic crisis.
Paragraphs: 40 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Domestic Laws

The Ministry's legislative programme includes the development of the following pieces of legislation - An Employment Rights Bill, Anti-discrimination legislation and Sexual Harassment legislation. It is also planned to proclaim the Safety and Health at Work Act 2005.

The Employments Rights Bill is at an advanced stage of preparation. It seeks to confer on persons, primarily employed persons, new employment rights. This Bill inter alia protects persons from unfair dismissal and the infringement of other employment rights. It ensures that employees are given full details of their employment particulars. An Employment Rights Tribunal will make determination on such matters.

Drafting instructions have been prepared for anti-discrimination legislation. Through this legislation, no person shall unfairly discriminate against an employee or prospective employee in any employment policy or practice on the basis of race, place of origin, political opinion, colour, creed, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition or disability. An important aspect of the proposal is the identified need to empower officers assigned to the Ministry of Labour's Project Unit whose mandate includes investigating and recording cases of discrimination against persons living with and affected by

Sexual Harassment legislation seeks to provide remedies in respect of acts of sexual harassment. The Employment Rights Bill will determine complaints made under the legislation with regard to sexual harassment and will make awards in accordance with the powers given under the legislation.

The Ministry of Labour is currently addressing two (2) important matters before proclaiming the Safety and Health at Work Act 2005:
- carrying out an audit of the workplaces in the public sector to determine the extent to which safety and health conditions conform to the Act;
- obtaining consensus through discussion among the tripartite constituents with regard to Section 104 of the Act - the right to refuse dangerous work.
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