Creative Centre to join film festival

Tuesday November 03, 2015 Written by Published in Local
The Creative Centre family pictured with Voice Arts trust Director Nicola Pauling (far right) who took them through drama exercises last month. PHOTO: Voice Arts Trust 15103005 The Creative Centre family pictured with Voice Arts trust Director Nicola Pauling (far right) who took them through drama exercises last month. PHOTO: Voice Arts Trust 15103005

The Creative Centre will begin filming a documentary on Monday for submission in the United Nations Enable Film Festival in New York.

 

The festival is part of International Day for People with Disabilities on December 3.

The focus of Creative Centre’s film is on Vaine Angaanga Toa – the Women’s Working Collective.

Vaine Angaanga Toa is a group of talented women from the Creative Centre who together will work toward social and economic autonomy.

Through this programme, the Creative Centre aims to empower the women of the Cook Islands to become self-reliant in a sustainable and meaningful way.

The women produce a range of products which are available for sale at the market and other outlets.

All products are researched, designed and produced by members with proceeds being shared between the women involved.

Products will include pareu, necklaces, greeting cards, postcards, t-shirts, Kikau brooms and fans, coconut oil, paintings and food products.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

The day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.

The theme for 2015 is ‘inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’.

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society.

As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of education, information, transportation, and employment as well as social and political participation.

The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.

Women and men with disabilities must be able to fulfil their role in society and participate on an equal basis with others.

It is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual.

Often, the societal image of persons with disabilities is impacted by attitudes based on stigma and discrimination, as well as archaic ideas about disability and persons with disabilities that are often the greatest barrier to their full and equal participation in society and development on an equal basis with others.

However, disability is part of the human condition, and that all of us either are or will become disabled to one degree or another during the course of our lives.

By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created.

This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people - in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection.

When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.

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