islamabad - US Ambassador David Hale yesterday encouraged community activists to continue their work in supporting and empowering women with disabilities.

During a conference in Islamabad organised by the Special Talent Exchange Programme, he said, “Our partnership with STEP focuses on raising awareness about resources for women with disabilities, providing training to increase these women’s participation in the workforce, and educating the general public about the rights of people with disabilities.”

Regarding disability rights, Hale acknowledged, “Ensuring equal participation by women with disabilities is a work in progress everywhere, and it is a challenge we can and must tackle.”

The conference, funded by the American embassy, brought together activists from across Pakistan to discuss additional measures that can be taken to empower disabled women. The event featured panel discussions on sustainable development goals and the roles of gender and disability in development.