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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed in 1981 with the aim of promoting the rights and well-being of the disabled.

After decades of UN work, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further promoted the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, reaffirming the principle of equality and the need to guarantee their full and effective participation. to the political, social, economic and cultural sphere of society.

The Convention invites States to take the necessary measures to identify and eliminate all obstacles that limit the respect of these essential rights. The Convention (Article 9, accessibility) focuses on the need for conditions that allow persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and development, according to UN.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is also based on the principle that no one is left behind, including people with disabilities. In particular, the Agenda aims at strengthening national health services and improving all those structures that can allow effective access to services for all people. Raising public awareness in order to foster the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities would allow a rapid process towards an inclusive and sustainable development, capable of promoting a resilient society for all through the elimination of gender inequality, the strengthening of educational and health services and ultimately, the social, economic and political inclusion of every citizen.

Limitations for People with Disabilities

blind man with dog

People with disabilities suffer more from health shortages, have less access to education, fewer economic opportunities and higher poverty rates than people without disabilities. This is largely due to lack of services, limitations in access to information technologies, justice and transport. Without considering the many obstacles they face on a daily basis.

People with disabilities are much more at risk of violence: the probability that children with disabilities will experience violence is four times greater than non-disabled children. Adults with disabilities are also more vulnerable to forms of violence. Risk factors stem from stigma, discrimination and ignorance, as well as a lack of social support for those who care for them.

The day of December 3 must remind us of the importance of enhancing every individual and breaking down the barriers that limit essential rights. The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) promotes the main events organized on the national territory.

The event is starting the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which indicates among its priority objectives ‘the promotion of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. The annual event therefore offers an opportunity to enhance the right of individuals to full and active participation in working, cultural, artistic and sporting life in all social areas and constitutes a strategic international event to raise public awareness on issues of dignity and the need to break down all types of barriers to bring about the necessary changes.

The MiBACT, within the scope of its competences, adheres to the initiative by promoting activities and projects that are in favor of an ever wider accessibility of places and contents of culture by all.