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Make Persons with Disabilities Visible, Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


“The United Nations stands for the rights of every member of our human family. Today and every day, we will continue to work for justice, equality, dignity and human rights for all.”
—— António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
 

Today is Human Rights Day.

 

Persons with disabilities, as part of the human family, are entitled to enjoy the full range of human rights and fundamental freedom, and to equally and fully participate in and contribute to society like anyone else.

 

Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.

 

The Disability-Inclusive Photo Collection Campaign #Make Persons with Disabilities Visible (看见残障人)# was launched by UNESCO on this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. Responding to UNESCO’s call for photos showcasing the leadership and participation of persons with disabilities in our society, in the past week, a variety of photos were posted on Sina Weibo, showing persons with disabilities participating in work, study, and social services, and enjoying sports, culture, traveling, handicraft, and other types of social activities. Together they tell us empowering stories of persons with disabilities living and enjoying full participation on an equal basis with others, when societies are truly inclusive.

Figure 12, 13: I love African drums. I love the drum set. I love the rhythms. I love the music that makes me crazy. I am moving forward on this road. I hope my voice can cheer you up, and help you find happiness in this special year of pandemic.
Photo and text source: Sina Weibo @Seanlsb

Figure 14, 15, 16, 17:

I am a teacher of Chinese medicine; I am a massage therapist; I am an English teacher; I am a psychological rehabilitator. They are all graduates from the Shanghai School for the Blind. They have either amblyopia or total blindness. Some of them have undergraduate degrees; some of them have postgraduate degrees; others have college degrees. They are different in many ways and have substantial similarities. They are all giving back to their alma mater and society, serving the community with their skills.

Photo and text source: Sina Weibo @Seanlsb

 

We thank everyone who contributed the beautiful and inspirational shots. You have helped breakdown stereotypes and create a more authentic visual understanding of persons with disabilities among the public.

 

Special thanks to the UN Country Team and the UN Theme Group on Disability in China for support.