In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Supreme Council of the State has called for increased attention and respect for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Observed annually on December 3rd, this day underscores the need for governments and societies to ensure the full inclusion and participation of disabled individuals in all aspects of life.
Georgia's National Strategy for Protection of Human Rights
The Georgian Government has announced a three-year national action plan, spanning 2024-2026, focusing on protecting the rights of disabled persons. This plan is part of the second National Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights of Georgia for 2022-2030. The administration has emphasized the integration of the interests of disabled individuals into state policy. Georgian Parliament Speaker, Shalva Papuashvili, highlighted the increased allocation of funds for social rehabilitation and child care programs in the 2024 state budget.
Infrastructure Development and Policy Advocacy
Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Prakash Jwala, affirmed the government's commitment to promoting disabled-friendly infrastructure development. This includes the construction of disabled-friendly roads, religious sites, and other infrastructures. President Ram Chandra Paudel stressed the importance of effectively implementing constitutional and legal tools relating to the rights of persons with disabilities. Vice President Ramsahay Prasad Yadav echoed these sentiments, calling for the empowerment and inclusion of disabled individuals.
Empowering Individuals with Disabilities in Nigeria
In Nigeria, the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) and various officials underscored the challenges faced by disabled individuals. They called for the provision of facilities and support to improve their living conditions. Peter Obi urged the government to ensure access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities for Nigerians living with disabilities.
International Support and Novel Initiatives
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged to intensify its efforts to achieve social justice and security for disabled individuals. On a different note, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has launched the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme at Bahrain International Airport. This scheme uses a discreet sunflower symbol to identify passengers with non-visible disabilities, enhancing their travel experience.