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International day of persons with disabilities

UWC hosts International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), together with the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Network on Disability, celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at UWC.

The day focused on the United Nations theme, “Break barriers, open doors: For an inclusive society for all”, and focused on taking action through awareness-raising.

TheInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities started with a fun walk which was followed by a day of activities ranging from a speaking out about rights by people with disabilities, motivational talks, artistic performances and entertainment for adults and children.

Councillor Raelene Arendse (Portfolio Committee, City of Cape Town) said events such as this one are meant to empower people with disabilities and develop communities. “It is our aim to empower communities, making them inclusive as well as strengthening relationships with stakeholders and communities in the Western Cape,” she said.

Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, said: “We should celebrate one another, and all social participants should be given the opportunity to contribute to our province and country, including those with disabilities. The attitude of society is the biggest challenge we face today, and this needs to change.”

Premier Zille added that together, Cape Town should build a greater nation and a brighter future. “People with disabilities often get the short end of the stick when it comes to service delivery. In my term I will try to rectify this and make sure that we work together for a better future.”