Barbara Murray Barbara Murray is Senior Disability Specialist in the International Labour Office Skills and Employability Department, working primarily on disability issues in training and employment. Key elements of her work in Geneva have included the development of the ILO Code of Practice on Managing Disability in the Workplace, which was adopted by the ILO in 2001; promoting ratification and implementation of ILO Convention No. 159 concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons); and representing the ILO at sessions of the Ad Hoc Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in December 2006. At present, she is involved in knowledge development on good practice in training and employment of disabled persons; providing policy advice to governments in the development and implementation of disability-related laws, policies and programmes based on the principles of equal opportunity, equal treatment and non-discrimination; and technical cooperation projects relating to the training and employment of disabled persons in East Africa and South East Asia. Prior to taking up her current post at ILO Headquarters in Geneva in 2000, she worked for four years as ILO Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for the Asian and Pacific Region, based in Bangkok, Thailand, providing policy advice and technical cooperation services to countries throughout the region. Before joining the ILO in 1996, she worked in the research department of the National Rehabilitation Board in Dublin, Ireland, and was involved in applied research in Ireland and other European countries, including research initiated by the Council of Europe. Through her work in the area of disability for over twenty-five years, in Europe as well as countries of the Asian and Pacific region and Africa, she is familiar with disability- related legislation, policy, programmes and services internationally. Barbara holds a Doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Masters degree in Economics from University College, Dublin, Ireland.
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