The Acting Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Fikile Masiko, calls on all South Africans to move to a higher level of acceptance of people with disabilities, as the world celebrates the International Day of Disabled Persons.
“As 3 December 2021 is the International Day of Disabled Persons, the committee is calling on all South Africans to have a new and improved conscience on acceptance of people with disabilities. Let us all ensure that access is widely opened for them to all the aspects of life and ensure that there is nothing about them without them,” added Masiko.
The International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The committee sends its good wishes to all those who are planning celebrations to raise awareness and promote the rights and perspectives of persons with disabilities. “Let us all ensure that the rights of our brothers and sisters with disabilities are protected and promoted where they are,” emphasised Masiko.