International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year on 3rd December, across the world.
Africa Joined the world in observing the day which 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.
People with disability continue to face obstructions and threats, which affects 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.
Disability Africa, stated, “Disabled people continue to comprise of the poorest and worst-served group in the world.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the need to fight stereotypes and said,
“Much remains to be accomplished before persons with disabilities can realize their full potential as equal and valued members of society. We must eliminate the stereotypes and discrimination that perpetuate their exclusion and build an accessible, enabling and inclusive environment for all. I urge national and local governments, businesses and all actors in society to intensify efforts to end discrimination and remove the environmental and attitudinal obstacles that prevent persons with disabilities from enjoying their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights”.