with Disabilities and Empowerment
Disability Rights Initiative, Bombay, invites all to participate to a
meeting with Justice Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob of South Africa.
Justice Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob of the South African Constitutional
Court is visiting India and meeting with its people. Justice Yacoob
is delivering a series of lectures all over the country and he will
be speaking in Mumbai on 11th June 2007.
Justice Yacoob will share his experiences on disability issues and
enumerate the importance of understanding that problems faced by
disabled persons are not to be seen in isolation. The struggle for
equality of disabled persons should go hand in hand with the struggle
of equality by women, by Dalit and all those who are discriminated,
with no food, shelter, employment or on the basis of sexuality to
come together as a single voice. He will speak variety of issues
struggle to achieve social equality and justice.
Justice Yacoob believes that India and South Africa have a lot to
learn from each other as both countries have many similarities as the
respective constitutions of both the countries are the product of the
struggle for freedom, fighting imperialism. However, constitution
and legislation themselves are not sufficient to achieve social
justice, there are springboards for greater change and the duty of
that court is to define and defend a fundamental belief in human
rights and non-discrimination.
The participants can interact and ask questions and this would be
followed by a quick overview of the disability movement in India.
About Justice Yacoob
Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob, born in 1948, became blind at the age of
sixteen months as a result of meningitis. Justice Yacoob was a member
of the executive of the Natal Indian Congress from 1981 to 1991. He
helped to plan and organise, participated in, and addressed numerous
mass meetings aimed at supporting the struggle against apartheid. He
was chairperson and a member of the executive of the Democratic
Lawyers Association. Presently Justice Yacoob sits on the
Constitutional Court of South Africa and is Chancellor of the
University of Durban-Westville. He is also the Chairperson for the
South African National Council for the Blind, where he sits on the
Executive Committee and the National Management Committee.
Madam Cama Road,
Opp. Regal Cinema
Mumbai - 31
Date : Monday, 11th June 2007
Time : 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
For further details please Contact Raju Waghmare 09820946125