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A flashmob in the city center

Together with the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), the UNICEF Azerbaijan office worked to ensure greater access and better opportunities for children and adolescents with disabilities through sport and play during the Children Paralympic Games. The Games were held in December in Sumqayit, 30 kilometers from the capital, Baku.

Azerbaijan is the first country to have a Children’s Paralympic Committee, established with the support of UNICEF. Azerbaijan is also the only country to hold Paralympic Games exclusive to children. One hundred eleven athletes competed at a beginner level in seven different categories: judo, swimming, para taekwondo, table tennis, boccia, goalball and wheelchair dancing.

A flashmob in the city center has been organized jointly by the NPC and UNICEF – children were identified on a voluntary basis – both with and without disabilities - making sure both girls and boys were represented. The video of the flashmob became part of a wider UNICEF advocacy campaign planned - Sport for All –to promote the participation of children with disabilities as an example of inclusion.
As part of these efforts, UNICEF has also produced “Words with Dignity” – fliers encouraging use of respectful terms when referencing persons with disabilities.

The videos from the Children’s Paralympic Games have been placed by the National Paralympic Committee on digital monitors across the city, in addition to wide coverage of the Games by major national media outlets.




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