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Campaign promotes disability awareness in South Africa

Portrait of African young disabled man sitting in wheelchair at office building

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in Durban has set aside Disability Awareness Month, commemorated from 3 November to 3 December, to promote disability awareness.

“November is celebrated globally as disability month. The international theme proclaimed by the United Nations for this year is: “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all,” according to the South African government website.

The month-long campaign carries weekly sub-themes reflected in the Medium Term Strategic Framework (2019-2024) of government.

These include themes such as ‘a built environment accessible to all persons with disabilities’ and ‘persons with disabilities as equal players in building inclusive economies.’

There is also a theme structured around empowering children with disabilities.

In South Africa, 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is also commemorated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.

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