People with Disabilities have abilities too and that is what this course is all about, making sure those abilities blossom and shine so that all the dreams you have can come true. -Mary Mcaleese
Disability is an umbrella term, covering impairments, limitations and participations restrictions. An individual may also qualify as disabled if he or she has had impairment in the past or is seen disabled based on a personal or group standard or norm, but all people with disabilities have their own abilities.
The International Day of People with Disability is observed on the 3rd of December annually focusing on different issue. The day is an observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. International Day of People with Disability seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect including political, social, economic and cultural life. It aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
The theme of this year is ‘Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology’ which focuses on disaster risk reduction and emergency responses, disability inclusive sustainable development goals and creating enabling working environments. The theme is selected to harness the power of technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of sustainable development for all.
At World Assembly of Youth, we seek to promote equality among all youth; equal treatment and access to resources for youth living with disability. We aspire to eliminate discrimination against the youth with disability, empower the disabled and rise an informed youth generation on the issue. A major focus of the day is practical and concrete action to include disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development of the society on the basis of equality.
Therefore, we urge all stakeholders to plan and organize performances everywhere to showcase and celebrate the contributions made by persons with disabilities as agents of change in the communities which they live.
Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!
HIV infection and AIDS is growing. But so too is public apathy. We have already lost too many friends and colleagues. -David Geffen
AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) is a pandemic disease caused due to the infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Despite considerable progress in the fight against the HIV/AIDS, it continues to cause much suffering to people around the World. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is increasingly a problem of youth, especially in parts of the developing world. Governments have noted with grave concern the fact that HIV infections are heavily concentrated among youth and that there is a lack of information available for youth pertaining to the prevention of the HIV/AIDS.
World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on 1st of December to raise the public awareness on the HIV/AIDS and its threats. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to disseminate and share the information about the status of the pandemic as well as the progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world, particularly in high prevalence countries.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. Young women around the globe possess the collective power to change their lives, their communities and the world we live in. As they face daily challenges, young women are continually developing innovative, effective ways to improve their lives by bringing together their knowledge and creativity. Thus, it is undeniable that women are leading change.
The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed each year on the 25th of November, an occasion for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness in stopping violence against women.
On this International Day of Tolerance, I call on all people and governments to actively combat fear, hatred and extremism with dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. Let us advance against the forces of division and unite for our shared future. -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Tolerance is the foundation for mutual respect among people and communities, and is vital for building a single global society around shared values. It is a virtue and a quality, above all, an act of reaching out to others and seeing the strength in differences not barriers, opportunity in diversity not opposition, and an undivided invitation for dialogue and understanding.