The voice of self-advocates, young an old from all parts of the world resonate through the streets of New York. Now it’s the world leaders’ turn: this coming Monday, 23 September at the headquarters of the United Nations world leaders are set to reinforce their commitment to ensure that all children with disabilities can attend school and that anti-poverty efforts reach persons with disabilities, who by and large are among the poorest of the poor. At stake are the lives and opportunities of no less than every seventh person in the world.
Professor Stephen Hawking in his preface to the first ever World Report on Disability wrote: „Governments throughout the world can no longer overlook the hundreds of millions of people with disabilities who are denied access to health, rehabilitation, support, education and employment, and never get the chance to shine.“
In view of this Lady Liberty was blindfolded by persons with disabilities from around the world in New York already on Friday. The New York landmark morphed into „Lady Justice“. And the world held its breath. Lady Liberty became the custodian of justice, which so many persons with disabilities are deprived of. But she does not hold the blade in her right hand but rather the torch of hope, the fire of freedom.
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Rheka Kumari, Mike Godino and Henry Wanyoike are available for personal interviews until Tuesday 24th September in New York.
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