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Empowering Inclusion: Collaborative Strategies Towards SDGs with Persons with Disabilities

by Inclusive News Network

Every third day of December marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities—an annual global celebration aimed at advocating for rights, fostering understanding, and promoting inclusive actions for people with disabilities. It’s a day to acknowledge their accomplishments and emphasize the imperative need for equitable opportunities and the recognition of their fundamental rights.

The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, “United Action to Rescue and Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with, and by Persons with Disabilities,” underscores the urgency of collective efforts in realizing the 17 comprehensive global objectives established by the United Nations in 2015. These goals encompass a wide spectrum of critical issues, including poverty eradication, healthcare, education, gender equality, access to clean water, creating sustainable cities, and addressing climate change, all aimed at fostering a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.

However, to attain these ambitious SDGs, a collaborative approach is essential. It involves harnessing the diverse abilities and strengths of individuals, including the remarkable capabilities of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Despite facing substantial obstacles, particularly in many developing nations, where barriers to education, healthcare, employment, and societal integration persist due to prevalent negative stereotypes and discrimination, PWDs possess incredible potential and capacities.

Inclusivity emerges as a pivotal catalyst in this pursuit. It not only enhances the lives of PWDs but also nurtures a sense of belonging, shattering societal taboos and providing PWDs the platform to contribute significantly to society. By fostering an inclusive environment, we can effectively reduce social stigma, enabling PWDs to become independent.

Across various continents, initiatives and programs championing disability inclusion, notably in both developed nations and within African countries, have exhibited remarkable progress. However, these advancements are only the beginning. Collaborative strategies involving Persons with Disabilities, disabled people’s organizations, governments, and local communities are imperative to facilitate active participation and remove barriers impeding the realization of the SDGs.

Empowering Persons with Disabilities through comprehensive skill development and robust advocacy efforts is paramount. Engaging in advocacy not only raises awareness but also nurtures a deeper understanding of the rights of PWDs, propelling their inclusion across all spheres of life.

On this significant day, let’s commend the invaluable contributions of meaningful PWDs, disability rights advocates, organizations, and NGOs dedicated to championing the rights and inclusion of PWDs. Let’s stand united in our support for initiatives that actively promote inclusivity, equity, and the materialization of the SDGs for persons with disabilities.

Ibrahim Tukur is a hearing impaired individual who hails from Ingawa town in Katsina State. He earned his first degree in Special Education/Sociology. He is a disability rights advocate.


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Abdulaziz Hussaini December 3, 2023 - 1:50 pm

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