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Title:An analysis of the exclusion of people with disabilities from employment in Botswana: a case study of people with physical impairments
Author:Mmatli, T.O.
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:physically disabled
Abstract:In Botswana, as elsewhere, people with disabilities suffer discrimination and prejudice. Relatively few members of society believe that people with disabilities can become economic and social contributors, rather than financial liabilities. This paper explores the exclusion of people with disabilities from employment in Botswana, as well as the discrimination against those who are employed. It uses the social model of disability to explain factors underpinning the labour market's exclusion of people with physical disabilities. Strategies for improving inclusion of this group in the labour market are suggested, including public education, enactment and implementation of an anti-discrimination law, capacity-building for self-representation, and the strengthening of disabled people's organizations. The paper is based on an earlier research project conducted in 2005, which explored the lived experiences of people with disabilities in Botswana. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]