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2011 International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This year’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities celebrates the resilience of women and men with disabilities and acknowledges the need to mainstream disability in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  An estimated 400 million persons with disabilities live in the Asia Pacific region.  Although the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) concedes that every child has the right to an education, those with disabilities are still often excluded especially girls.  Less than five years are left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – in order for the MDGs to become reality we must ensure that quality education is all inclusive.  

Young persons with disabilities are frequently neglected and invisible actors in society due to socio-cultural factors.  This harsh reality is often compounded with poverty, illiteracy and gender.  Having a solid, quality education can help to empower and equip both men and women with the skills and abilities to overcome these obstacles.  It is through education and literacy that girls and young women in particular can become active contributors to their communities.

The East Asia and Pacific Regional UNGEI released a joint statement to celebrate this event to continue to urge the renewed commitment of the regional community to uphold education as an inalienable human right for everyone.  


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