Disabled People's International (DPI) hosted its first Arab Regional Assembly in Cairo

April 25, 2014
Source: Disabled People's International

I am happy to share with everyone that Disabled People's International (DPI) hosted its first Arab Regional Assembly in Cairo, Egypt from April 22-24, 2014.

Over the last one year, DPI, supported by its partner in the Arab region - Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union (LPHU), has been working on reviving and reigniting the disability movement in the often neglected Arab world. Despite all odds, the DPI-Arab region took off in December 2013 during its first regional meeting held in Beirut, Lebanon. 

The Regional Assembly that was held over the last three days saw the newly formed member representatives come together to discuss a way forward for the newly formed DPI-Arab region. The Assembly also hosted its first ever historic elections, the results of which I would like to share with all of you:


Chairperson - Sylvana El Lakkis (Lebanon)

Vice-Chairperson 1 - Basher El Faitoury (Libya)

Vice-Chairperson 2 - Reham Al Masry (Egypt)

Secretary - Ahmed Berkia (Morocco)

Treasurer - Manal Ali Saleh Al Ashwal (Yemen)


Also sharing a photograph of the newly formed board. 



Board Members of DPI-Arab Region

(From Left to Right: Reham Al Masry (DPI-Arab Vice-Chair); Sylvana El Lakkis (DPI-Arab Chair); Javed Abidi; (DPI Chair) Basher El Fatoury (DPI-Arab Vice Chair); Ahmed Berkia (DPI-Arab Secretary) and Manal Ali Saleh Al Ashwal (DPI-Arab Treasurer)

DPI would like to wish the new Board of it's Arab Regional office many congratulations and best wishes for the future.


Best regards,

Parul Ghosh 

Chairperson's Office
Disabled People's International (DPI)
A - 77, South Extension Part II
New Delhi - 110 049, India
Tel.: 91-11-26265647 / 26265648
Fax: 91-11-26265649
Website: www.dpi.org

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