Last week I was asked to represent LSN-V and present a summary of the Workshop on Victim Assistance at a Disability Working Group (DWG) meeting in Hanoi. Although somewhat reluctant to get back on the train to Hanoi only four days after returning from my previous trip, I agreed. Thus, on Thursday I spent another grueling night on the train, arriving in Hanoi before dawn the following morning.
Later that afternoon I informed the members of the DWG–mostly representatives from INGOs and community organizations–on LSN-V’s objectives at the Workshop, the outcome of the event and the steps forward. The DWG is an important advocacy tool for LSN-V, as well as for the promotion of disability rights in general. The group provides a forum for establishing best practices, increasing efficiency and raising a unified voice. And there was substantial interest in the workshop from the other members. LSN-V acts as a link between disability rights, disarmament issues and sustainable development and the organization is often in a unique place in the advocacy community, helping to build bridges between issues and link a number of stakeholders.
Luckily, despite of my high level of exhaustion, the presentation went well. In lieu of posting my exciting PowerPoint here I have put together the video below. Please take a look!
Posted By Gretchen Murphy
Posted Jul 21st, 2009