Today, on 3rd December, the whole world has united to celebrate World Disability Day or United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities [UNIDPD]. The day is dedicated to all special individuals and focuses to promote their rights and welfare throughout every area of society.
Theme of The Year 2020
Despite the ongoing pandemic at hand, where the medical officials and organizations are focused on one and only lethal illness, United Nation has still decided to observe the universal World Disability Day 2020 as listed. However, this year’s theme focuses on “Building Back Better: towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post Covid-19 world, by, for and with persons with disabilities.”
According to UNESCO, this year’s theme emphasizes the importance of strengthening collective efforts for universal access to essential services, including immediate health and social protection, education, digital infrastructure, accessible information, employment and other socio-cultural opportunities. Persons with disabilities are not to be left behind.
Hence, the day is being acknowledged in different parts of the world, with the political figures, influencers, celebrities and normal civilians, everyone contributing their voices towards the positive cause. It is therefore the reason that today, social platform twitter trends with the hash tags related to the World Disability Day 2020.
Moreover, United Nation’s secretary general Antonio Guterres also had a lot to say concerning the event. Taking it to his twitter handle, Guterres sent a detailed video message.
World Disability Day
Out of the 7 billion population of world, more than 1 billion suffers some form of disabilities. The disorder acquires portions from all parts of earth, making it a universal cause.
According to United Nation Organization, “Out of the one billion populations of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries. One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability. An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities.”
Therefore, to recognize such unique and specially-abled individuals, United Nations designated Dec 3rd of every year as World Disability Day. The day helps to be familiar with and value the diversity of our communities, and to cherish the role we all play, regardless of our abilities. The observance of such event aims to encourage an understanding of mental and physical disability issues. Further, it also promotes support for the self-esteem, rights and well-being of persons with such disorders, regarding them as a significant part of the society and not the minority. Every year, United Nations has a different theme for the World Disability Day as this year’s subject circulates around Covid-19.