History, significance and theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on 3 December, across the world. The day is observed to raise awareness about the need to work together to create a sustainable world that embraces every person. It is also observed to encourage the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

People with disabilities continue to face obstructions and threats, which affect their participation in the mainstream world. They continue to be excluded from society due to various barriers, such as physical environment, culture and attitudinal barriers.

History of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was announced by United National in 1992. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities further advanced the cause towards the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks.

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However, in 1976 the United Nations declared 1981 to be the International year of persons with disabilities.
1983-1992 was the International Decade of persons with disabilities. The purpose was to get disabled people involved in the other people in society, end discrimination, and create equal opportunities for them.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 theme

One week program from 25 November to 3 December 2020 is being organized by UNESCO under the theme: “Building back better: towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world by, for and with persons with disabilities”.

Significance of observing International Day of Persons with Disabilities

People with disabilities tend to suffer from poor health, lack of equal opportunities in education and sometimes in work too. This also in turn affects their lifestyle like living conditions. They are also reported to have suffered more violence than normal people. It is important for everyone to contribute to the well being of people with disabilities. As a society also it is the responsibility of everyone to be considerate towards persons with disabilities and give them equal respect.

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