President Dr. Arif Alvi has called upon government organizations and civil society to take special initiatives for the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in all aspects of life.
Emphasizing the need for an inclusive environment, he urged the provision of inclusive education, healthcare, and employment opportunities based on their skills, along with the implementation of job quotas.
In his message for the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ observed on December 3, President Alvi highlighted the significance of honoring the dignity and contributions of PWDs.
The United Nations’ theme for this year, “United in Action to Rescue and Achieve the SDGs For, With, and By Persons with Disabilities,” advocates for building an inclusive society.
On this day, recognition was given to the exceptional strength and resilience of persons with disabilities who have made progress despite their challenges.
The president pointed out that nearly 15% of the global population experiences some form of disability, with 80% of this population residing in developing countries, including Pakistan, where approximately 12% of the population is estimated to have a disability.
President Alvi reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to eliminating societal barriers hindering the success of PWDs.
He said that the country aims to facilitate them in reaching their full potential by ensuring equitable access to life’s opportunities.
The president stressed the importance of collective efforts for progress, empowerment, and comprehensive support for persons with disabilities, encompassing education, training, rehabilitation, and access to information and communication technologies to meet the demands of the contemporary world.