The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons on 3rd December was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the day , aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. This day holds significance in acknowledging the diverse abilities of people and advocating for an inclusive society.
The theme of the 2023 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is: “United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with and by persons with disabilities”., underscores the imperative of collective efforts in advancing sustainable development that includes and benefits individuals with disabilities.
BCIL’s observance of The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a testament to their commitment to inclusivity. This celebration serves as a powerful reminder that genuine progress is realized when each individual is granted the chance to engage fully in all aspects of life.
To celebrate the UN’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities, various government buildings, educational institutions, and civic and business establishments will turn purple.The goal of the Purple Lights campaign is to raise awareness about the issues that affect people with disabilities.
The Purple Lights founder, disability activist, Gary Kearney says: “This campaign is something very close to my heart. It’s a day of celebration and awareness where we shine a light on disability. I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s engagement with the campaign. I have no doubt that we will have a wonderful response to the day.”