NGOs Observe International Disability Day at University of Kashmir

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Hope Disability Centre and HELP Foundation along with Handicap International, Thursday organized an inclusive cultural event at Convocation Centre, University of Kashmir and Dak Bungalow, Rajouri.

The event was attended by many dignitaries across Jammu and Kashmir in which thousands of people attended both in Kashmir University and a rally was taken in Rajouri by persons with disabilities.

MLA, Rajouri, Qamar Hussain, Assistant Commisioner Revenu Rajouri, Paramjeet Singh were chief guest and guest of honour at Dak Bunglow Rajouri, while as Deputy Director, Social Welfare of Kashmir, Tabasum Kamili were chief guest at Kashmir University.

December 3 was declared by the United Nations in 1992 as a day for persons with disabilities to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

In 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international human rights treaty.

The theme of the day, this year is “Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of All Abilities”. Today one billion people around the world are living with disabilities.

The Hope disability Centre, HELP Foundation and Handicap International in their message on the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” have pledged to make “all possible efforts to ensure a dignified life for special persons”.

Director Drug de-addiction Kashmir, Dr Muzzaffar said that people with disabilities feel restricted to exercise their faculties on equal basis with others, particularly in the domains of employment, education, social as well as political participation.

Deputy Director, Social Welfare Kashmir, said government is committed to promote empowerment, provision of opportunities and equal participation for the persons with disabilities.

Director Hope Disability Centre, Sami Wani called upon Government departments, civil society, philanthropists, corporate sector and media to make concerted efforts for ensuring active and full participation of people with disability in the mainstream of national life.

The event commenced with the traditional song Rouf and drawing competition for children with disabilities followed by motivational speeches and skits by both persons with disabilities and Kashmir Virus Group.

Some cultural and inspirational skits were performed by Shehjar Theatre Group, K Virus Group, and CRC Students.

The closing remarks were provided by state project Manager, Handicap International, Mehran.

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