The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing labour market barriers faced by people with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region. At the same time, the pandemic has accelerated certain Future of Work mega trends, including the growth of the digital economy and the demand for digitally skilled workers.
The ILO Global Business Disability Network (GBDN) two-day conference (download conference programme) will highlight recent corporate promising practices in addressing disability inclusion as well as the work of National Business and Disability Networks.
The focus on the second day will be Digital in Demand (DiD) initiatives, aimed at bringing enterprises and digital skills training providers closer together to enable the employment of persons with disabilities in the digital economy, including by tackling stereotypes based on disability and gender. Through group work sessions, practical recommendations to digital skills training providers, (sub-)national government or international donors, Organisations of Persons with Disabilities and disability NGOs on how to overcome barriers to digital skills acquisition by persons with disabilities will be developed.
The conference is intended for business leaders from ILO GBDN member companies and from the wider business community in the Asia and Pacific region; members of National Business and Disability Networks; digital skills training providers; anyone wanting to learn more about innovative partnerships with the private sector that benefit business, people with disabilities and society more widely.
Live captioning and International Sign interpretation will be provided.