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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover joins children in Sarajevo for dodge ball

Supports “It’s About Ability Campaign” dedicated to children with disabilities

SARAJEVO, 20 August 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed actor Danny Glover joined children for a friendly game of dodge ball in Sarajevo today in a show of active support of the “It’s About Ability” campaign to promote inclusion for children with disabilities.

A special guest of this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, Glover took to the field to support the campaign launched in early July by UNICEF, the European Union delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and USAID, to raise awareness and change attitudes and actions around children with disabilities and their families. 

The actor was joined by UNICEF’s Representative Florence Bauer, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Renzo Daviddi, and USAID acting Mission Director, Steven Majors along with children living with and without disabilities as a part of Youth Sports Games finals in Sarajevo.

The “It’s About Ability” campaign aims to get people to sign a pledge to commit to supporting children with disabilities by:

  • Encouraging the participation of children with disabilities into society;
  • Involving children with disabilities and their families in decision making;
  • Promoting the early identification of disabilities;
  • Ensuring access of children with disabilities to essential services;
  • Promoting day-care services for children with disabilities;
  • Expanding opportunities for children with disabilities to reach their full potential;
  • Mainstreaming the rights of children with disabilities into all policies and programmes.

Children with disabilities are too often left invisible in Bosnia and Herzegovina and therefore outside the reach of social services. They are often confined to their homes or placed in large-scale institutions. As a result, they have less access to health services and education and are more likely to experience neglect and abuse.

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UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

The 2013 edition of UNICEF’s annual flagship publication, State of the World’s Children was on the issue of children with disabilities.  Visit the website and read more at:  www.unicef.org/sowc2013

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For more information, and to get photo, please contact:
Malene Jensen, UNICEF New York, Tel + 1 212 303 7970, mjensen@unicef.org
Nela Kacmarcik, UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tel + 387 33 293 612 nkacmarcik@unicef.org


 

 

 

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