International Mega Campaign “ASIA TRY 2016” in Nepal
Six staff members of PPCIL was great honor to be invited by Independent Living Center for Persons with Disabilities (CIL – Kathmandu) to participate a great and wonderful event ASIA TRY 2016 in Nepal from 9 – 14 March 2016. The event has divided into two parts; (1) Organized ASIA TRY Campaign having participation from various countries and (2) Organized the International Kokorozashi Meeting of IL Networks.
The main purpose of the ASIA TRY 2016 campaign is to accelerate barrier free environment and inclusive society for persons with disabilities. More than 200 persons with disabilities and volunteers were participated actively to march in various places of Nepal to distribute posters, brochures, appeals; hold interaction meetings with community people and organize media campaign in regards to break barrier for persons with disabilities. The main place of the campaign is Kathmandu, Nepal. The national and international participants were divided into 6 groups. In each group had about 33 persons with disabilities including volunteers.
The specific name was given to each group as following;
Group 1 was an advocacy group that marched and conducted meeting at Kathmandu. This group is visited the office of President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Minister, Chief Secretary, and Secretary and other government officials, Kathmandu Metropolitan city etc and appeal them in several issues of persons with disabilities.
Group 2 was marched pass from Dhulikhel to Khulamuch, Kathmandu.
Group 3 was marched pass from Godawari to Khulamuch,
Group 4 was marched pass from Budhanilkantha to Khulamuch,
Group 5 was marched pass from Bhatkyapati Kirtipur to Khulamuch and
Group 6 was marched pass from Pokhara city and then from Thankot to Khulamuch.
All groups was marched pass about 10 KM each day. It took 4 days to complete the route.
Also, after a great ASIA TRY 2016 the CIL – Kathmandu was conducted the International Kokorozashi Meeting of IL Networks for reviewing and reflection on the success, challenges of the ASIA TRY 2016 campaign, report on the IL activities from members of Kokorozashi network and take decision for its way forward.
The ASIA TRY 2016 has been successfully completed with great achievement.
Background of the campaign ASIA TRY
ASIA TRY is a continuous Asian campaign organized by persons with disabilities. The goal of this campaign is to accelerate a barrier free society for persons with disabilities and to highlight their need of inclusion in all aspects of life. ASIA TRY is organized periodically in different Asian countries and communities. Its concept was first conceived and implemented in Japan in 1987. Thereafter, ASIA TRY was organized regularly in six countries in Asia including Mongolia, Taiwan, South Korea, Pakistan and Cambodia. Although the campaign is run in one country at a time, people from different countries come together to participate in this event and to bring about positive change. Experience shows that this kind of joint campaign produces great results in reducing barriers encountered by persons with disabilities and improves their living conditions in one way or another. Disability rights activists and campaigners are proud and excited to organize this campaign in an effective and result oriented way.
ASIA TRY mainly takes place in open space and in communities with active participation of the general public and policy makers. The participants, which include people with disabilities and volunteers who assist them, are divided into groups and march (respectively in wheelchairs) on a given route from community to community to share their ideas, views and issues directly with the people. Overnight they stay in communities along their route and where possible in public buildings like schools, community halls etc. This gives ample opportunity for a number of communities as well as the international participants, to witness and understand obstacles, concerns and issues people with disabilities are facing in everyday life in Nepal. During a series of activities, civil society members including media, duty bearers, policy makers and the general public discuss a common agenda with regards to disability rights, challenges and a future strategy.