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International Disability Day: Being indifferent towards the Differently-Abled

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a worldwide observation celebrated every year on December 3 to promote and elevate the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society, irrespective of sex, race, caste creed, etc. 

Nearly one billion people out of the total population i.e, 7 billion or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. 80 percent of the total disabled population live in developing countries.

History

The annual observation of this day was declared by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in the year 1992. The main aim was to develop an awareness of the issues faced by persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

Having worked in the field of disability for decades, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted in 2006. The CRDP promoted the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks.

Significance

The approximately one billion people who live with disabilities around the world face many obstacles to inclusion. An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities.

One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability.

They do not enjoy access on an equal basis as others, including areas such as transportation and employment but also social participation like politics or entertainment.

The main goal is to increase the participation of disabled people in society, put an end to the discrimination towards them, and create equal opportunities for them.

The day is celebrated to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

Theme

Every year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed with a particular theme. This time, the theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID 19 world’.

Persons with disabilities in the world are amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, hence the United Nations has embraced this theme to highlight the issues faced by disabled people during the global pandemic. 

António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the UNO put out a message saying, “I urge all countries to fully implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, increase accessibility, and dismantle legal, social, economic and other barriers with the active involvement of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations.”

Meanwhile, according to the ministry of social justice and empowerment said, in an event hosted by the ministry, President Ram Nath Kovind will present the annual National Awards to the individuals, institutions, organizations, and state/district, etc., for their outstanding achievements and work towards the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 

“On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us commit to destigmatizing disabilities and ensure that our Divyang brothers and sisters get equal opportunities so that they can lead a dignified, safe, and productive life,” Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted.

Lastly, to quote Stephen Hawking, “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” 

Let’s all come together to support the specially-abled and make sure they do not face any hindrance in achieving their potential due to their disability.

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