Global Disability Summit; Nothing about us without us

By Ann Wambui

Kenya will co-host the first Global Disability Summit with International Disability Alliance and the Government of United Kingdom in London on July 24.

About 700 leaders from organizations of people with disabilities, governments, donor agencies, technology companies and guests will convene at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, celebrate the successes and rights of people with disabilities, while highlighting how innovation and technology can help improve their lives.

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Ukur Yatani, Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) and Patron for People with Disabilities in Kenya, Isaac Mwaura, and Form three student Alice Wairimu will be among others from Kenya to attend the conference in London in spearheading conversations for making people with disabilities be included more in the society.

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Two months ago on May 24, Kenya held the global disability pre-summit at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development that had children with disabilities engage in sessions with partners on how they would like the government of Kenya can help make their accessibility easier in public institutions which is a major setback.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection in collaboration with Safaricom prepared a Position Paper to be presented at the summit on Tuesday aimed at focusing on inclusive employment and innovation for disability. Safaricom is recognized to lead among private institutions to factor for people with disabilities aiming to increase the 1.4% to 5% by 2020.

The global summit is driven by four main themes; Dignity and respect for allInclusive EducationEconomic Empowerment, and Harnessing Technology and Innovation.

Article 54 of the Kenyan constitution states that 5% of all nominated and elected MP’s should be people with disabilities, however, this is not fully implemented.

Goal 4 of Sustainable Development Goals aims at providing an inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of life-long learning opportunities. This includes a proposal for building and upgrading education institutions that are child, disability friendly.

Goal 8 aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and decent work for all including persons with disabilities, as well as equal pay for work of equal value.

Goal 10 focuses on to reducing inequality within and among countries through empowering and promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all, including persons with disabilities.

It is in line with these objectives that the Global Disability Summit will be taking place and seeks to highlight issues affecting persons with disabilities and finding solutions for worldwide implementation.

When you are disabled it doesn’t mean that you cannot function like a normal person does…. I have seen people with disability with great talents,” Form three student Uthiru Girls Alice Wairimu.

Children with disabilities are often discriminated against as they are thought of being a disgrace to the society. These kind pf mindset is negative to a child and can affect the way a child grows and perceive others.

Instead of being spiteful and resentful, we should all join together and call out those who tend to victimize persons with disabilities. Leaving no child behind means leaving no child with disability behind because there is nothing about them without them.

 

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