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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December: History, Themes and Important Facts to Know!

 


International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3 every year.

Quoted from the official WHO website, the commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is to promote the rights and welfare of persons with disabilities at every level of society and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life, namely political, social, economic and cultural.


According to UN data, about 15 percent of the world's population, or one billion people, live with a disability. One in every five women will likely experience a disability in their lifetime. People with disabilities are among the groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


History of International Day of Persons with Disabilities


The observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities was first introduced in 1992 by UN General Assembly resolution 47/3. This is done by the United Nations with the aim of promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all areas of society.


In October 1992, International Day of Persons with Disabilities was officially observed on December 3 every year. Then in December 2008, there was a name change, from the International Day of Disabled Persons to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. So the name International Day of Persons with Disabilities was officially used in 2008.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021


In 2021, International Disability Day has a theme entitled "Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world". accessible, and sustainable".


The global COVID-19 crisis has further exacerbated pre-existing inequalities. People with disabilities are one of the groups hardest hit in this crisis, especially in terms of deaths.


Even under normal circumstances (no pandemic), people with disabilities tend to find it difficult to access health care, education, work and participate in society. An integrated approach is needed to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind.


In commemoration of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations invites the entire world community to come together to learn from the experiences and stories of people with disabilities during the pandemic. It also requires cooperation from all walks of life to help reduce the problems faced by persons with disabilities in community activities.


Facts about Disabilities in the World


According to UN records, here are the facts about disability:


More than 100 million people with disabilities are children.

Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than children with disabilities.

80 percent of people with disabilities live in developing countries.

It is estimated that 46 percent of the elderly aged 60 years and over are persons with disabilities.

The 7 targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) explicitly refer to persons with disabilities.

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