“Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.” – Simone Weil
The specially-abled people form the world’s largest minority group with more than 1 billion people or approximately 15 per cent of the 7.4 billion world population having some form of disability. Out of them more than 100 million are children who are likely to experience four times more violence than non-disabled children. Nearly, 80 per cent of the specially-abled live in the developing nations. India, which will soon become the world’s most populous country, is home to more than 27 million specially-abled people.
Fiinovation, being a leading organisation in the social development sector understands that disability is a condition or function which usually leads to poorer health, lower education achievements and fewer economic opportunities. They face lot of difficulties due to lack of services, opportunities and discrimination. In wake of this, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared the year 1981, as the International Year of Disabled Persons. Further, the UNGA proclaimed 1983-1992 as the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons calling for an action plan at international, national and regional levels.
The observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities started in the year 1992, promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and welfare of the differently-able people. Accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights recognized by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which has been ratified by 153 countries and are not only objectives, but also pre-requisites for the enjoyment of other rights.
This year, the theme is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to build a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. With its experience in the social development sector, Fiinovation strongly feels that achieving the 17 goals requires full inclusion and effective participation of persons with disabilities.
The abilities of persons with disabilities cannot be undermined as in the case of Rio Para-Olympics, where the Indian team performed outstandingly, bringing medals and honour for the country. This day provides an opportunity for everyone to salute them and other specially-abled people who despite all the difficulties continue to inspire world with their contributions. Therefore, Fiinovation urges all governments, businesses and other stakeholders to intensify efforts for ending discriminations that prevent persons with disabilities from exercising their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
Let’s together build a better world.
By Rahul Choudhury
Media & Communications, Fiinovation
After the two World Wars that shook the entire world, 51 nations came together to establish the United Nations to ensure peace and prosperity for the citizens of earth. Since then, the United Nations has worked towards world peace while other nations joined the organization as member states taking the count to 193. In the year 1981, United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to observe International Day of Peace on every third Tuesday of September coinciding with the first session of United Nations. The first International Day of Peace was observed in September 1982, however, in 2001, UNGA adopted another resolution that established the International Day of Peace on 21st September as an annual day of cease-fire and non-violence.
Every year, the United Nations calls upon nations and people to honour the cessation of hostilities for 24 hours while educating the public about issues related to peace and tranquility. As a part of the ceremonial exercise, every year the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters at New York. The United Nations Peace Bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa. It was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan as a reminder of the human costs of war. The inscription on the Bell reads ‘Long Live Absolute World Peace’.
The theme for this year is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”. Fiinovation comprehends that anyone can join the celebrations of Peace Day, and it can be as simple as observing a minute of silence and lighting a candle at noon. For others, who wish to engage with communities they can do so by sharing knowledge on world peace and creating awareness about issues related to peace. As part of events, even social media campaigns such as Share a Selfie along with #PeaceDay will ensure participation to mark respect for those who laid down their lives so that you and I can lead a life of peace.
Fiinovation has been advocating about peace and development and wishes all conflict zones within India to work together for restoration of peace, non-violence and ceasefire. Let us all dedicate our lives towards world peace.
“Over the next 100 days, let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
By – Rahul Choudhury
Media and Communications,