The winners of the Samoa Disability Human Rights Awards 2016
BY Tu’u’u Pelepesite
APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2016: The 2016 Samoa Disability Human Rights Awards has recognized not only those with special needs but the ministries and organisations who have contributed to advancing the rights of those with special needs.
The awards recognize a wide scope of sections providing employment, education, political participation and sports in an inclusive approach to advance and recognize the human rights of and opportunities for those with special needs.
The Assistant CEO of the Ministry of Women and Social Development said the awards are a perfect way to recognize the increasing efforts by the government for inclusive rights of those with special needs.
Samoa, this year, ratified the Convention of the rights of those with special needs.
The project is funded by the Australian Government and coordinated by the Ministry of Women and Social Development in collaboration with the organisation Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA).
The Awards were judged by Talasopa Fineaso, President of Nuanua o le Alofa and Fiu Base, a lecturer at the University of Auckland.
The Awards were divided in to four sections.
1. The finalists for the Government Ministries and Government Corporations were the National Health Services and the Samoa Shipping Corporation. The award went to SSC for its efforts to provide access to those with special needs in its inter-island shipping services.
The Non-Government Organisations: Nominations were:
a. My Girls Club
b. Samoa Soccer Federation
c. Tiapapata Arts Centre
d. Samoa Special Olympics
WINNER: Samoa Soccer Federation.
2. Inclusive Coverage Nomination Award. Nominees were:
a. TV One News Team
b. Samoa Observer
c. Iutita Anitelea, TV1
d. Ioana Tupa’i, TV3
WINNER: Ioana Tupa’i, TV3
3. Inclusive Education. Nominees were:
a. Gataivai Primary School
b. Faleata College
WINNER: Gataivai Primary School
4. Disability Champion of the Year Award. Five Finalists:
a. Tusiga Peseta Taofia
b. Tulai Tuli
c. Luneta Laumea Fa’aiuaso
d. Osonoi Patu
d. Liz Dalvin City
WINNER: Tusiga Peseta Taofia, a wheel chair bound reporter who works for the Savali newspaper.