INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS - DECEMBER 3
The International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. The annual observance of the Day aims to increase awareness and understanding of disability issues and trends, and to mobilise support for practical action at all levels, by, with and for persons with disabilities.
This year's theme is "Decent work for persons with disabilities". The theme of the Day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities.
UN Secretary-General's Message on International Day of Disabled Persons Encourages Pledge By All to Ensure Disabled Persons' Full Participation in Communikty Life
UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS
OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
UN Update on Signatories & Ratification to the Convention:
Beijing + 10: Position Paper on Women with Disabilities
By Dinah Radtke, Vice Chair Disabled Peoples' International www.dpi.org
There are at least 300 million disabled women living in all countries of the world. 82% of these live in the developing world. Disabled women and girls are much more marginalizes and mostly invisible to policy makers. Disabled women and girls are subject to massive human rights violations without regard to their age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, class, religious and other status. WE no longer accept being objects of violence and discrimination and we insist on respect for and protection of our human rights.
WE recognize the stated commitment of the United Nations to the provision of human rights of people with disabilities. We recognize its Commitment to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination against Women and further recognize its recent work to develop a Convention on the Rights and Dignity of People with Disabilities. But in order to be aware of the special needs of women and girls with disabilities it is necessary to name these needs in all relevant official documents.
We strongly recommend addressing the unique issues of disabled women and girls in all of the 12 critical areas of concern as outlined by the Beijing Platform for Action, and especially in the fields of:
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