On the 3rd of December, a large number of persons all around the world gathered to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Whether they came from the highest spheres of authorities or were simply citizens, whether they were persons with disabilities or not, they came together to share a moment of conviviality. Throughout the world, various initiatives and events were launched, revealing true artistic talents in some countries, but above all, demonstrating the spirit of solidarity and positivity around the issue of disability.

A colourful event in El Salvador

The Instituto Salvadoreno de Rehabilitacion de Invalidos (ISRI) and MoveAbility organized the celebration of the international day of persons with disabilities in El Salvador, with the participation of patients from the ISRI centers, representatives of the government and of persons with disabilities. This event took place in the Gerardo Barrios plaza in San Salvador and ended with the traditional release of balloons.

Traditional dances and sports in Tajikistan

MoveAbility, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized an event featuring traditional dances and sports with persons with disabilities at the Ismaili Center in Dushanbe.

Several Ambassadors, country representatives, Tajik non-governmental organizations, Disabled People’s Organizations, representative of Ministry of Health and social protection and many others attended the event.

The General Secretary of the UNDP, Achim Steiner, opened the event with a speech about the importance including persons with disabilities in the society. The introduction was followed by interventions from the ICRC head of mission, the chairman of Tajik disabled union and finally the representative of Ministry of Health and social protection.

Wheelchair basketball games in Tanzania

In Tanzania a wheelchair basketball game was organized by the Tanzanian Paralympic Committee, the The Jakaya M. Kikwete Youth Park (JMK Park), a non–profit multi–sport youth facility and sponsored by MoveAbility. During the day, two teams of men and women basketball players competed in friendly matches. The event was such a success that it will be repeated next year.

The MoveAbility team of East Africa came to support the teams and prepare the next games!

Look at the ability, not disability in Viet Nam

MoveAbility, the Swiss Embassy in Viet Nam and Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC) organized an event to celebrate the 3rd of December. Mrs. Beatrice Maser Mallor, the Swiss Ambassador to Viet Nam, representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the chairwoman of the Vietnamese Red Cross and representatives of private enterprises took part to this event.

It aimed to raise awareness on the ability of people with disabilities and bring together private and public sector actors to discuss their integration into the professional world.

For this occasion, a video was produced to present success stories of persons with disabilities in Viet Nam. The protagonists have all succeeded to have a career and be fulfilled professionally despite their disability.