Breaking barriers, opening doors
This year the global theme of World Disability Day is ‘Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all’. Together with our partners around the globe, CBM is celebrating December 3rd with activities to raise public awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities.
CBM calls for inclusive humanitarian action
On Dec 3rd 2013 CBM calls on world leaders and UN agencies to include persons with disabilities in global disaster preparedness and humanitarian action. In particular we remind our partners worldwide to include persons with disabilities in the emergency response and reconstruction in the Philippines. The recent typhoon which has devastated the Philippines shows us once again how important it is to include all members of society in disaster risk reduction, humanitarian response, and post-disaster reconstruction.
CBM also emphasises the role of persons with disabilities themselves, individually and/or as part of their organisations, in ‘breaking barriers and opening doors’. During our emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan, persons with disabilities were instrumental in early relief efforts to support their communities through our partners, the local Disabled People Organisations (DPOs).
CBM and partners marking World Disability Day