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Victory for disability inclusion as Qatar ranks first worldwide in digital accessibility

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Doha made it to the top of four different lists within the index.

Qatar has ranked first worldwide on the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index 2020 (DARE Index 2020), released on Tuesday.

The report, released by the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict), is a key evaluating tool for disability advocates, governments, civil societies, international organisations, and policymakers to trace countries’ progress in providing equal access to technologies.

Countries are assessed by their compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations (UN) human rights instrument that addresses the issues of people with disabilities.

This year’s index, in its second edition, exhibits Qatar’s commitment towards developing and providing digital means for people with disabilities while emphasising the country’s mission to help them enjoy independence and self-reliance.

Qatar came number-one on the global ranking, the regional ranking, the Peer Economic Development Group Ranking and the Implementation Ranking. It was one of the first countries to join the CRPD in 2008 when it was introduced by the UN, the fastest negotiated human rights treaty.

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The country has been taking major steps to enhance and protect the rights of disabled people by ensuring their social inclusion and engaging them in developmental processes across the country.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications [MOTC] and its Qatar Assistive Technology Center [MADA] have been empowering people with disabilities and the elderly by providing them with easy access to Information and Communication Technologies [ICT].

MOTC launched the Digital Inclusion Strategy to ensure the inclusion of everyone in Qatar’s society when it comes to ICTs while also launching the country’s e-Accessibility Policy to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to useful technologies that can enrich their lives.

Qatar’s National Vision 2030 stresses the importance of providing an equal and just society with inclusive opportunities that benefit all of its members.


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