International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2013

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In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the Leadership, Management & Governance Project has interviewed five leaders from around the world--their experiences highlight the challenges that people living with disabilities face on a daily basis, as well as opportunities for inclusion and avenues for change. They also exemplify the theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities for 2013: “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all.” Read their inspiring stories below.

Today and every day, we encourage our colleagues in the global health and development community to raise awareness of disability and accessibility as a cross-cutting development issue, and to emphasize the need for further global efforts to promote accessibility, remove all types of barriers, and to realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of development for all.

These leaders participated in LMG’s Regional Senior Leadership Program, conducted in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and facilitated by Yale University’s Global Health Leadership Institute:

Tanzania: Vincent Kaduma, Disability Programme Officer, ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (ICRC/SFD)

Sudan: Abo Osama Abdalla Mohamed Taktook, General Secretary, Sudan National Council for Persons with Disabilities

Sudan: Salma Ahmed Ali Geneif, Disability Focal Point, Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration (DDR) Commission

These leaders participated in the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program led by Mobility International USA (MIUSA):

Peru: Barbara Ventura, Founding Partner and President of La Asociacion Luchando Contra Viento y Marea (Association for Struggling Against All Odds

Kenya: Lizzie Kiama, Director of Gender and Disability at This-Ability Consulting