Women with disabilities, pregnancy and workplace discrimination

Women with disabilities, pregnancy and workplace discrimination By Lee Xin Ying   On Women International Day, Women Aids Organisation (WAO) launched an art exhibition, entitled “Invisible Women“, held at the Black Box at Publika, Mont Kiara,  The highlight of the art exhibition are stories of discrimination against women at workplace on the occurrence of pregnancy and motherhood.  Meera Samanther, Vice President of WAO, described pregnancy and maternity as a social function and a basic right of women to be treated equally.  Calling for ownership to the solution to the government, public sector, the private sector and the community.   In … Continued

Wedding extravaganza expo helps raise awareness on PWDs issues

Lifesytle -Relationship With several successful years of hosting the Indian Wedding Expo to its credit, D’Organizer (M) Sdn Bhd launched  its  inaugural Malay Wedding Expo in April.  Also held was  the company’s corporate social responsibility project  “Our Special Ones” which kicked off together with the Indian Wedding Expo,.   The four- day event started on April 22  at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre in  Kuala Lumpur.     At the pre- launch event recently ,Mathyvanan,  managing director of D’Organiser (M) Sdn Bhdsaid:   “The most memorable day in one’s life deserves the most planning! Whether the dream for the big … Continued

My experience working at KDU College

Education – College Beat Selina Ooi works as a Multimedia Engineer in the Information System (IS) Department, KDU College. She shares her story with Challenges readers here.two years ago. It is always challenging for a deaf or hearing impaired person to communicate with other people. But it made my day when my employer and colleagues showed interest in learning sign language so that they could communicate with me. When I joined office, my immediate boss prepared a sign language class for my colleagues so that I could share my experiences and teach them sign language. After a few months, they … Continued

Man with blind guides.

Blind guides take sighted on sensorial walking tours

      So-called dark restaurants, where sighted customers are literally thrown into utter darkness and served by blind waiters, have been around for nearly a decade.   Since a seated meal goes only so far in giving people a sense of what it’s like to live without vision, Lisboa Sensorial organises blindfolded walking tours in Lisbon, Portugal.   Developed by Cabracega, a new local creative agency, the walking tours take place in Alfama, which is Lisbon’s oldest district.   After being securely blindfolded, participants are steered through Alfama’s narrow streets by a blind guide from the ACAPO (Portuguese Association … Continued

Allianz Malaysia targets 5% disabled employees by 2017

In six months, Allianz Malaysia has gone from employing one to 23 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and targets 99 employees with disabilities by 2017. As a result of an Innovation Incubator Workshop in late 2014, Allianz Malaysia decided to foster inclusivity through hiring of Persons with Disabilities The company began  hiring PWDs in January this year and currently have employed PWDs in various sectors including customer service, human resources, underwriting and corporate communications. “In Allianz Malaysia, we want to provide each employee with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We foster diversity and inclusiveness by creating an environment when … Continued

A keyboard to represent technology.

Why should you be tech savvy?

The digital medium dominates conversation these days. Most of the talk is positive, some of it is destructive. The one subject you hear expressed the most, is how technology advances, fast. Some people stood on the wayside in our society’s path towards a digital economy. It’s not a great view from where these people stood; it seemed all the fun belonged to a younger generation. Is technology accessible to you only if you grew up with it? Uncharted territory is overwhelming for sure, but lets start with a simple quote. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose … Continued