2013: Children with Disabilities
Equity through inclusion
§ A review of 14 developing countries found that people with disabilities were more likely to experience poverty than their peers.
§ The gap for primary school completion for boys with disability is 10 per cent and for girls with disability it is 11 per cent.
§ Children with disabilities are also at a greater risk of experiencing violence than peers without disabilities: 3.7 times more likely for combined measures of violence.
It's about inclusion
Realising the rights of children with disabilities begins with creating an inclusive society, guided by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We have to eliminate discrimination, not just within ourselves, but in our laws, policies and systems. This means dismantling the barriers to inclusion; ending institutionalisation; moving beyond minimum standards; coordinating services to support the child, especially in early childhood; and involving children with disabilities in making decisions.
We will succeed when every child with a disability is recognised as a full and equal member of society who is an agent of change, and not merely a recipient of charity.
More information visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2013/