The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an annual event held on 3rd December around the world to promote the understanding of disability issues of people who are living with disabilities. Since 1992, this day is promoted by the United Nations. Each year this day is focused on different issues of disabilities. Until 2007, this day is called “International Day of Disabled Persons.”
History of International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 1981 as the International Day of Disabled Persons, in 1976. It called for an action plan at the national and international levels, government and organizations to enforce measures to make better the lives of disabled persons all over the world. The theme of International Day of Disabled Persons was “full participation and equality,” defined as the rights of those people who are living disabilities to take part fully in the life and development of their society and enjoy all living conditions equal to those of other citizens. The United Nation General Assembly proclaimed that 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons on October 14, 1992. This day was first observed on 3 December 1992. On 18 December 2007, the United Nation Assembly changed the name of “International Day of Disabled Persons” to “International Day of Persons with Disabilities.” After this, the new name was used to promote the day.
Facts and Figures:
- The world population is more than 7 billion
- More than 1 billion people in the world have the disability
- More than 100 million disabled people are children
- Children with disabilities are almost four times greater experience violence than non-disabled children
- 50% of disabled people cannot afford health care
- 80% of all people who live with disabilities in a developing country
- Approximately 15% live with some form of disabilities of the total world population
- 177 countries have confirmed the Convention on the Rights of Persons who lived with Disabilities
How People Celebrate this Day?
To promoting International Day of Persons with Disabilities people of many countries from the world participate in various activities and events. In these events include the art exhibition to promoting artwork and other events of protests to highlight the difficulties of disabled people who play a full role in society.
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2012, the United Kingdom government introduced the essential work for disabled people who received welfare benefits to “Improve disabled people’s chances of getting work by mandatory employment.” It is essential right to participate in public life to create stable democracies, active citizenship and lessen inequalities in society.
Is it Public Holiday?
The United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an annual observance and not a Public holiday. All business and educational institutes are open as usual. Public Life is only affected when some marches and rails come out.
The theme of this year is to focus on empowering persons with disabilities for comprehensive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we ought to work together with United Nations to promote and support the rights and dignity of people in all spheres of society who live with disabilities, and to raise awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It is an opportunity to enhance their capacities and supports them in setting their priorities. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take benefit of opportunities, they become representative of change and can more happily embrace their responsibilities.