By Garmonyou Wilson
With more than one billion people across the globe living with disabilities, governments from South America to Asia are being asked to do more for people with disabilities (PWD) to ensure that they are a part of social, economic and educational developments.
On December 3, 2013 countries around the world celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), using the theme ‘Breaking Barriers Opening Doors for an Inclusive Society for All’, to ensure that the 15% of persons living with disabilities are included in all aspects of life that every citizen enjoys as part of their freedom, such as justice, employment, and to assemble among others.
The celebrations in Liberia held the same spirit as hundreds of PWDs marched the capital streets of Monrovia to urge the Liberian Government to hear their plights for inclusion in the developmental agenda of the country.
Chris Badura, an advocate for PWDs from the United States of America speaking at the indoor program in Monrovia said, “Liberian Government is encouraged to do more.” He continued, “They must be included in the developmental activities.”
“We need to do away with discrimination,” he urged Liberians as he served as the keynote speaker for IDPD activities in Liberia.
Mr. Badura said that everyone has a purpose, gift and talent and they just need to be given an opportunity to show what they’ve got.”
Also speaking at the indoor program for IDPD activities in Liberia, the National President for the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD), Rev. Fallah Boima-Cymbianoh said that PWDs, the world over have suffered from exclusion, even from their families.
He however said that one day the journey would be over; he then used the occasion to call on the Liberian government to respect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, reminding them that after signing it many things have to be put in place to ensure that inclusion is guaranteed to all.