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Blind women face lot of hardships in third world countries: expert

In the Third World countries, blind women face lots of hardships and have few opportunities and is difficult for them to begin personal life, said Dr Najleh Khandagh of Tehran University in New Delhi on Thursday, IRNA reported.

Khandagh told IRNA in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the First International Conference of Blind Women here attended by 200 blind women from 11 countries that most of the blind women are from poor families which fail to provide necessary them the basic human needs.

Urging World Blind Union and Asian Blind Union to take a positive initiative in alleviating the status of blind women, Khandagh, one of the blind women delegate said non-governmental organization (NGOs) are really necessary as they are qualified, experienced and can help blind women in providing education, training, jobs, setting up of private life.

On the success of the conference, Khandagh who, also heads Institute of Constitute Research and Talking Theoretical Studies, Tehran said, it tried to impress basic needs of the blind women and gain their rights all over the world. It was a good platform where delegates from all over the world get together and exchange experiences and ideas.

Khandagh who also heads Research Center for Educational and Reading Center, Tehran, said, technical development in the area of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) will greatly help the blind women if set in proper policy perspective but unfortunately visually impaired women have no access to ICT. Government can help uplift their lot by providing facilities for blind women, she added.

Earlier while presenting a paper in the conference, she said blind girl child needs support and rehabilitation which is most vital to keep their knowledge equal to other sighted children while they suffer isolation and misbehavior.

It leads to psychological depression and complexes which become another reason for blind girl child to blame for the rest of their lives, she added.

Khandagh said, when the girl child is grown up, another problem which they face is to attend schools due to lack of mobility to classes, library etc, which are designed for normal needs of the sighted people. These impediments impinge on girl child becoming a successful person, she added.

Applauding the Iranian initiative, she said, with the establishment of the Central Talking Book Library, the number of blind students attending universities rose from less than 20 to several thousand and a number of blind students at post graduate levels including Ph.D. rose from zero to over 80 at present placing Iranians among the highly educated blinds the world over. Over half of these people are blind women.

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