To commemorate the 2023 International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has harped on collaborative efforts to end discrimination against persons with disabilities (PWD) in Nigeria.
CCD, in a press release signed by the interim head of the organisation, Mrs Florence Austin, noted that the IDPD emphasizes the collective efforts required to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
The 2023 IDPD theme is “United in Action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with, and by persons with disabilities.”
The Group says it recognised the unique strengths and perspectives that persons with disabilities bring to the communities, and it is important to end discrimination against PWDs.
The statement reads in part that “we must work hand in hand to eliminate discrimination, enhance accessibility, and empower individuals with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of life.”
The International Day for Persons with Disabilities is observed globally on December 3rd each year. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the challenges they face. The day also seeks to highlight the importance of creating an inclusive and accessible world for all.
To mark the day, CCD will be rolling out a series of events, discussions, and initiatives that will highlight the importance of inclusivity and showcase successful endeavours that exemplify the theme, from advocating for policy changes to implementing accessible technologies, the International Day for Persons with Disabilities serves as a platform to amplify the voices of those who have often been marginalized.
The Group further calls for promoting a world where every person, regardless of ability, can thrive.
“By standing united in action, we can truly rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with, and by persons with disabilities.”