Each year December begins with an extremely significant reminder – that of an international observance of the Day of Persons with Disabilities. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), has been annually observed on December 3, by the United Nations since 1992 all over the world. In line with United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, each year the Day is marked with a special theme. The themes, observed across the globe uniformly, ensure that the focus is drawn to, and kept at, empowering the individuals with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the United Nations development goals.
In 2016, the Day’s theme has been Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want. In 2017, it has been Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.
For this year, the theme of the IDPD is Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality.
This year’s theme urges the world to create and promote avenues that ensure the complete and equal involvement of the people with disabilities in all spheres of society, irrespective of political, social, religious, economic, and cultural differences.
This agenda of empowerment becomes most significant when we come across the much lacking framework of policy and support available locally for the section of society composed of persons with disabilities.
One of the ways to address this immense lack has been adopted by Media Deaf Karachi (MDK). An informal group of the deaf community of Karachi has launched this self-help initiative to share information and news through sign language over the social media. This has become instrumental in raising awareness on the issues related to the deaf.
This year MDK has taken it upon itself to voice strongly the demand of the deaf community for the provision of a driving license to be able to commute independently. They demand that when the right to drive is exercised by the deaf all over the world, it must be granted to the deaf in Pakistan as well.
To raise this concern effectively, MDK has planned a rally for awareness on the issue of the right of being able to drive for the Persons with Hearing Disabilities.
Being supported and joined by the dignitaries from all walks of life, the rally is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018. As per the program, following are the important details:
Starting time: 12PM (assembling begins at 11AM)
Starting Point: People Chowk near Quaid-e-Azam Mazar.
Rally route: People Chowk to Shahrah-e-Faisal, to Metropole, to I. I. Chundrigar Road, to Police Headquarters, (sit-in at the police headquarters), to Press Club
Press Conference: 3PM at Karachi Press Club. After the press conference the rally will head to the CM House to present the demand of provision of the right of driving for all deaf individuals.
MDK has earnestly invited all the print and electronic media to cover the rally and press conference and support this marginalized segment of the Persons with Disabilities.
For any information, contact can be made by SMS at 0333-3071630, or the Sign Language Interpreter, Mr. Moosa, can be called at 0314-2000291.