Building an Inclusive and Equitable Society for All


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Honolulu 2, Tapa Tower


Building inclusive societies starts from within our families, communities, local and national governments. When we are building our Pacific today and in years to come, we want to build a beautiful and inclusive Pacific where everyone are not left behind. Let us build an inclusive Pacific for everyone and with everyone. Person is an important principle of a village and every person must celebrate and demand inclusiveness. Everyone must be the voice to discuss what affects them and what changes they want to see, and called for effective partnerships to achieve progress. We all can make the change we want in the community.

Learning Outcomes

The participants will:

  • Learn how to empower persons with disabilities to advance the relevant disability agendas at the local, regional levels and national levels.

Seminar Leader

Photo: Villaney Remengesau

Villaney Remengesau (Lany) is the former President of OMEKESANG, a Disabled Persons Organization (DPO) based in Palau, since 2010. Ms. Remengesau is widely known as Lany in Palau and the region. Lany has also been one of the board members for the Pacific Disability Forum from 2011-2015. Recently, Lany has been re-elected to serve as the current Secretary for OMEKESANG. She has been instrumental in many disability developments in Palau and beyond.  

As one of the greatest disability activists and leaders, Lany was one of the founding board members for the establishment of the Asia Pacific DPO-United. She along with the representative from Australia DPO is the Pacific representative on the Executive Board for this AP DPO-United based in Seoul and Bangkok.

At national level, Lany is also a member of several boards and committees in Palau. She is one of the board members for the Palau Parents Empowered (PPE), a resource center for parents of children and youth with disabilities in Palau. She is a member for the Palau Human Rights Working Group, Palau Severely Disabled Assistance Fund Screening Committee, Palau Climate Change Policy Working Group, Healthcare Coalition, Palau Children for Special Healthcare Needs Advisory Committee, and active in several community groups. 

Lany has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She is planning to pursue a Masters degree on International Relations next year. Lany is currently employed in the Palau Ministry of Health, Bureau of Public Health.