Let us all join hands to remove barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. Together we can!
December 3, 2012 – Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and on its 20th anniversary let us call attention to the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and to mobilise support to build a more inclusive society.
People with disabilities remain one of the largest overlooked minorities in the world. Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. This includes around 93 million children with disabilities who face discrimination in every aspect of their lives.
According to national statistics in Moldova there are almost 15,000 children with disabilities, including over 4,000 of them younger than 7 years old. Incentives to parents to keep their infants with disabilities are non-existent, and both the system and the experts encourage the placement of children with disabilities in residential care.
Children with disabilities, acquired or innate, are routinely discriminated against, stigmatized, rejected and marginalized. Only 5,2% of parents consider that children with disabilities should attend general preschool institutions, while half of parents (45.8%) would accept their children to play with those with special needs.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which came into force in 2008 recognises that often these barriers are more disabling than an individual’s impairment itself.
In the words of UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, “Imagine a world where all children are included…involved. Where their talents are celebrated…where their contributions are recognized. Where they count. That is the world towards which UNICEF is working.”
UNICEF is working around the world in partnership with governments, donors, UN agencies, civil society organisations, and organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), towards creating an inclusive and accessible society for children with disabilities. UNICEF believes that an inclusive society will benefit not only children and adults with disabilities, but the entire population.
To get a glimpse of how UNICEF Moldova is creating a difference for children with disabilities please visit:
Advocacy for improving the legislation and protecting the rights of persons and children with disabilities:
Promoting inclusive education: http://www.unicef.org/moldova/ro/11941_18458.html
Changing stereotypes through campaigning:
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