International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023

December 3, 2023

A line-up of some of UNDP Maldives' work to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, to coincide with IDPD 2023, which seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

1) Disabilities should never hinder civic participation. Landmark moment during this year's Presidential Elections in the Maldives - in a first for the country - voters who are blind & with visual impairments used an innovative template for autonomous voting. Click for more

2) Accessibility and inclusivity for PWDs are integral aspects of a cohesive society. Faathun opens up about her experiences with disability - the challenges she's faced, her determination to overcome them, and the feats she's achieved along the way! Click for more

3) Eshal's story is truly inspiring - a powerful reminder that being kind and compassionate can uplift us all, enabling each individual to reach their fullest potential. Click for more

4) Stories like Hussain’s help us consider how blind and visually impaired persons hear, feel, and observe the world around us. Let’s commit to acting with more empathy and compassion towards each other! Click for more

5) Fostering inclusive education in schools is crucial to empower and support Persons with Disabilities, ensuring equitable and high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, says Ahmed. Click for more