PESHAWAR: International Day for Persons with Disability was observed at the Nishtar Hall, Peshawar here on Tuesday with great zeal and enthusiasm. This year the day is observed with the theme of ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’.
The event was organized by Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa in collaboration with Handicap International. Secretary Relief, Rehabilitation & Settlement department Zahir Shah was the chief guest on the occasion.
Besides, large number of special persons, students from the Social Welfare Department, CDPM University of Peshawar, Humanitarian organizations, and representatives of civil society also attended the ceremony.
Addressing to the participants Secretary Relief, Rehabilitation & Settlement Department Zahir Shah said that as a government representative he strongly believes that persons with disabilities must be recognized as equal partners, and be consulted by state actors, non-governmental other stakeholders in all developmental and no developmental work.
“The effects of climate change, including natural disasters, food insecurity, conflict, and refugee situations, make persons with disabilities disproportionately affected. During such emergency situations, persons with disabilities experience increased challenges with separation from family, loss of assistive and mobility devices, and barriers to accessing information,” he added.
He said that the government and non-governmental actors working around disability need to closely coordinate and collaborate to reach the shared objectives. He said that bringing persons with disabilities explicitly into mainstream development discourse will not only benefit us, it will enable the Pakistan to realize that there is immense untapped potential to transform the country into a better place for all people.
DG PDMA, Muhammad Khalid said that it was the responsibility of every member of the society to respect the disabled. “They are like normal human beings; the difference lies only in the fact that they require special care and affection in order to bring smiles on their faces,” said Mr. Khalid.
DG PDMA said that PDMA recognizes these needs and is committed to include persons with disabilities in its work and response. It works in collaboration with the organizations that are working for this vulnerable group and is always ready to support them in every regard. He added, Hence it has organized an event on December 12 to celebrate National Disability Day to sensitize the government officials and masses in general with the issues of disability.
Skits and speeches by Special Boys were highly appreciated by audience Ilyas Syed CEO Paraplegics, Sara, Babar Shahzad also addressed the audience.