Equal employment opportunities

Ache Violet Fonda
Posted January 14, 2022 from Cameroon

I have often realized persons with Disabilities are often descriminate at or even refused employment because of thier Disability. 

I will share my own story here. When I wrote my Advance level General Certificate of Education, I was idle at home and didn't want it because I never wanted to be used by the Devil to do what my peers do. So I saw an opportunity and the qualification was if you good a Give ordinary level I was like I do not hold only the ordinary Level but the advance level too so I knew that was a perfect Holiday Job for me. I did applied using the normal application process and was called up to resume work 1 week after my application. On reaching at the office the employers saw me and said"Is this how you were?" My God only the question alone  intimidated me I was like yes that's how I am. And they went further and said sorry you cannot do this job it's meant for able people. Imagine an accountant job and they are telling me I cannot do it because am disabled I am laughing with the teary eyes because I have mixed emotions in the course of writing this. Later on, they gave me 4$ as transportation to go back home. Imagine I left the house and told my people I was going to work and came back told them I was refused the job because am disabled what a disgusting experience. That was that and it ended there so fast and fast the results of the advance level was released and I made it wow I forgot my experience with the recruiting organization and i was glad the disabled girl is now going to the university I knew I won't be refused again in organization because i had the required qualification any organization would want fast and fast I got admission in the university pursuit my BSC in Economics and graduated in exactly 3 years. So I was still hunger for more education so I applied for the masters program and offcourse I did graduated after 2. Years with a 1st class honour decree. I knew I have made it already in life ok it was another time for Job search I applied for various opportunities I had in hand only to be called for 1 which was a voluntary opportunity I an organization whose main objective was to fight for the rights of persons with Disabilities. While there I still kept my eyes opened to pick up any available full time Job opportunity in the same organization or maybe elsewhere I kept applying and hoping only for me to seat one afternoon in the office and received a letter that my voluntary service has come to an end and any opportunity I will be called up again. See cry for me where will I start again hmmm? Thank God who sees ahead of our future before us and prepares us to face it I was already into online business of clothing shoes and handbags. That was what was surviving me after I loosed my little job. Then I made my mind up not to work for anyone again but do my own business. I operated my online business till i got little capita and set up my own shop in April 2021. I am sharing this because I want to let organizations to give opportunities to persons with Disability they should see thier abilities beyond physical eyes they can also add values to organizations

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jomarieb.earth
Jan 14
Jan 14

Dear Violet...
Wow! What a compelling story! About a decade ago I interviewed a young lady in a wheelchair that I wanted to hire as my Assistant Designer. She had great talent. But my boss would not let me hire her because she was disabled. And it was a memory burned into my heart and mind forever. It was devastating and truly unfair on every level.
On a brighter side, for the last decade, my mentor, instructor for my continued online design education, which is the most essential of my career tools is a woman who owns her own online business and is totally amazing. I didn't know until after I had been learning from her for about 5 years that she was doing it from her wheelchair. She is the pioneer of the online courses in the field of Textile Design. Her name is Sherry London and she thrives and enables me and thousands of textile designers to thrive. So kudos to all the sisters like yourself and like my mentor that have paved a way for themselves by paving a way for others with products and services. Bravo!
Hugs...JoMarie

Ache Violet Fonda
Jan 14
Jan 14

Hi Marie I am glad to hear you learn from your mentor who is a woman in wheelchair. People with Disabilities have alot to offer in the society if given the chance to. You see some prefer to hide behind because of the stigma which will be enacted in them like the case of your employer and mind. We only need to push forward and try to see how we can make the society to know we can do it. Yes we can when given the opportunity to.
Love and hugs
Violet

jomarieb.earth
Jan 14
Jan 14

What is so amazing is that you decided "you can" no matter what. No one has to give you the opportunity because you created your own opportunity, so no one can stand in your way. This levels the playing field and is the ultimate equalizer.
More hugs...JoMarie

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Jan 16
Jan 16

Dear Violet,

I am very sorry that people do not see the beautiful, intelligent and able lady behind your disability! It is their shame and their inhumanity and not yours!

Unfortunately, discrimination against people with disabilities, including sometimes, their bullying and disrespect is widely spread in many parts of Africa!

I attribute this to mass ignorance because being born with a handicap has nothing to do with your intellectual and other abilities. Several people with disabilities also happen to be world-renowned achievers, such as Steve Wonder and Hellen Keller to mention only a few!

You are a shining example of the fact that having a physical handicap is not a stop sign!

More awareness-rising is needed and I would encourage you to turn your disability into a further opportunity of educating others about the potential of people with disabilities, and what they can achieve if given an opportunity.

You have proven that you are no less of a human being because you were born with a handicap!

More power to you!

Ache Violet Fonda
Jan 16
Jan 16

Hi KABAHENDA happy new year and thank you for the comment. Some are actually out of ignorance and some are just out for descrimination. If you noticed I did made mentioned in my story that I volunteered in an organization where funding are given to them to fight for the rights of persons with Disabilities but unfortunately no one person with Disability is employed to show an example to the rest of the world. My question is if organization of such cannot then where do others copy from? It's a whole lot of work which needs dedicated hearts to bring in a change.

Beth Lacey
Jan 18
Jan 18

You are a very strong woman. Your story should be told and retold. Yes, you can.

rebecca.tang
Jan 20
Jan 20

Thank you for sharing. I can feel your power and how strong you are. Your story is really inspiring. I can feel your frustration on what has happened to you on the job search. However, God has his arrangement to us. Sometime, he would give us some challenges, he would give us his support and guidance to overcome it. We become stronger and have a better tomorrow.
You and your family should proud of you! Never give up!
May Almighty God bless you and all disabled people in the world!

Slampert
Jan 23
Jan 23

Violet,

Your story is very inspiring and should be shared with other people with disabilities. It makes me upset to hear that people are unable to get jobs because people are judging them because they have a disability. From your story, I could tell that you were more than qualified for the job that turned you away. People with disabilities deserve to have jobs just as much as people without disabilities do. There is so much stigma and discrimination that is on people with disabilities which is something that needs to be changed through ways like advocacy. By sharing your story you are advocating for others that are facing the same discrimination as you are.

Thank you for sharing!

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