The United Nations (UN) in partnership with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe will commemorate the 2019 International Disability Day on the 3rd of December 2019 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe under the theme “The Future is Accessible”. The commemorations fall within the Annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
At least 200 participants from, UN Agencies, Embassies; Development Partners; Government Representatives; Disabled Persons/Service Organizations (DPOs/DSOs); Civil Society Organizations; Academic Institutions; Human Rights Institutions; women and girls with disabilities; the media; private sector; and artists are expected to attend the commemorations.
The commemorations will raise awareness on disability rights and promote disability inclusion as well as empower and create real opportunities for persons with disabilities. It complements the Government of Zimbabwe’s efforts to mobilise support for the dignity, well-being and rights of persons with disabilities.
On this day, persons with disabilities are further provided with a platform to share their experiences and set their priorities. This will also include testimonials on access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Justice Services from women and girls with disabilities from the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) project sites.
The events will start with a pre-event workshop to Sensitize UN Staff members on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the 2019 UN Disability Inclusion Strategy on 2nd December 2019 in Harare. Two major events will take place on 3rd December; a series of conferences on disability will be held in the morning, followed by an Art Exhibition, where about forty artists with disabilities will exhibit pieces of artwork that visualize the challenges that are hampering/acting as barriers to accessibility in rural and urban areas under the theme, “The Future is Accessible”.
The aim of the art exhibition is to promote artistic expression of artists with disabilities, and raise public awareness on disability rights and barriers related to accessibility.