Life without limits for every child!
UNICEF and Ukrposhta presented a new stamp about rights of children with disabilities
31 May 2013, Кyiv – On the eve of the Children’s Day the United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF) and Ukrposhta presented a new stamp in order to attract society’s attention to the importance of children with disabilities rights protection.
Presentation took place at the Central Post Office of Ukrposhta involving over 500 children, with children with disabilities included, the Vice prime minister of Ukraine Olexander Vilkula, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo, Chief Executive Officer of Ukrposta Oksana Plotnikova and the Head of National Assembly of the Disabled People and the Head of the Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Valeriy Sushkevych.
“The Children’s Day is the special holiday, which has to be considered in a special way. The state doesn’t only support such projects, but initiates them as well as the future is led by wise, healthy and successful nation that is being brought up on the basis of such projects”, - noted Olexander Vilkul.
There are over 8 million of children in Ukraine; more than 165 thousand are children with disabilities. Ukraine has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, which regulate rights of the child and represent the world’s tendencies of their all-round protection. However, children with disabilities are still among the most vulnerable groups in society. They often don’t get access to school education and medical service. Being placed in institutions, they are deprived of the right to grow in the family environment. Such children are more vulnerable to violence, abuse and discrimination.
As Valeriy Sushkevych noted: ”Discrimination of children with disabilities is the most disgraceful legacy of the Ukraine’s development in the post-soviet period. On the Child Protection Day we have to acknowledge that problem and motivate Ukrainian society and authorities to struggle against the restrictions of the rights of little Ukrainians with disabilities.”
This year Ukrposhta and UNICEF have decided to unite their efforts in the joint initiative for dissemination of information about children’s rights; attracting attention to the talents and skills of children with disabilities and fighting against their discrimination in society. Besides introduction of the joint stamp, on which pictures of children with disabilities are being presented, on that day drawing flashmobs on the topic of “We are all equal” took place in 27 regional administrations of Ukrposhta with participation of nearly 3000 children. The aim was to remind society about possibility of children with disabilities integration as due to their full participation in the community life everybody wins eventually.
“We are concerned about fates of our children and we know that every child is talented in her own way. We should just discover and support this talent. Our today’s initiative with UNICEF is just a small part of those activities that should be implemented in society to attract attention of civil society to the children with disabilities,” Oksana Plotnikova pointed. “Taking care of disabled people, Ukrposhta supports UNICEF and the state program. In particular, wheelchair ramps are being placed in departments of communication for service comfort (for now there are over 1364 ramps in the departments all over Ukraine).”
During the presentation the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo informed that this week UNICEF has presented a new annual The State of the World’s Children 2013 report, which is devoted to children with disabilities this year. “The main condition for ensuring survival and development of children with disabilities is providing them with access to certain services, possibility of growing up in families and studying at their local school,” Yukie Mokuo noted. ”When you think not about the child, but about disability, it is not only wrong for this child, but it deprives society of everything that this child can offer! Losses of these children are society’s losses; their gain is society’s gain”, she added.
On the 1st of June, the Children’s Day, and in the frame of the Year of Children’s Art Ukrposhta and UNICEF launch the all-Ukrainian contest for children “Draw your rights!”, which will be announced in 14,00 departments of Ukrposhta all over Ukraine. Pictures can be sent until 1 October 2013. Conditions of the contest can be found here: http://www.unicef.org/ukraine/ukr/
About Ukrposhta: Ukrainian state enterprise of postal service Ukrposhta is part of the field governance of the Ministry of infrastructure of Ukraine and is the national operator of postal service in Ukraine. Today Ukrposhta provides more than 40 kinds of services in 14 thousand departments all over Ukraine. Staff consists of 95 thousand employees, 40 thousand of them are postmen, 30 thousand are operators of postal service.
About National Assembly of the Disabled People: NADP unites around 100 NGOs that work in the interests of people with disabilities in different regions in Ukraine. The organisation is a well-acknowledged state’s social partner in the area of policy making aimed at social protection of the people with disabilities as well as for their rights and law monitoring and development. NADP collaborates with different international organisations in the areas of policy making aiming at solving the problems of people with disabilities and provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. NADP has a special consulting status in the UN Economic and social Council (ECOSOS). See more information here: http://www.naiu.org.ua/.