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Female president a first for disability group

Female president a first for international disability group

New Zealander Anne Hawker has been appointed president of international disability organisation Rehabilitation International (RI). It will be the first time a disabled woman has headed RI.

DPA, the national assembly of disabled people, and the New Zealand affiliate of RI greeted news of the announcement, made yesterday in New York, with acclaim.

“This is a great choice. Anne will bring the strong skills, dedication, passion and understanding of global disability issues that we saw when she was the president of DPA,” says DPA Vice-President Marion Wellington.

Ms Hawker takes up the new role in 2008 from retiring president Michael Fox.

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