Today, we are honoring International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Little Market is committed to using our platform to advocate for the most vulnerable, underrepresented communities and to raise awareness about human rights and social justice issues, including access, equity, and inclusion. Keep reading to learn more about this monumental day.
Recognized annually on Dec. 3 since 1992, International Day of Persons with Disabilities raises awareness for disability issues, garners support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people living with disabilities, and advocates for the full integration of people with disabilities into every sphere of life.
Set forth by the United Nations, the theme for this year’s observance is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World.” People who are living with disabilities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic, from health to economic to social disadvantages. This theme reiterates how now, more than ever before, it is important to support access to essential services such as education, health protection, and digital resources. People living with disabilities must have equal access, not only during a global pandemic, but always. When everyone is treated equally, our society progresses together.
According to the United Nations, “A disability is a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual of their group. The term is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic disease. This usage has been described by some disabled people as being associated with a medical model of disability. … Under the Convention (on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), disability is an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”
- At least 1 billion people are living with disabilities, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That equates to approximately 1 in 7 people living with a type of disability.1
- People living with disabilities are the largest minority, according to WHO, and are one of the most excluded.2
- Women living with disabilities are further disadvantaged and excluded due to both their gender and their disability, according to Disabled World.
At The Little Market, we strive to create a more inclusive, peaceful world in which everyone is treated equally and their human rights are fairly recognized. We must all take the necessary steps to welcome people living with disabilities into society and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve — removing the obstacles that prevent their success and development.
We are proud to work with artisan and producer groups supporting people living with disabilities. Otherwise, they may face job discrimination when searching for sustainable employment. We are grateful to support equal opportunities and celebrate all they contribute.
Thank you for joining us and supporting our mission.
1 “Factsheet on Persons with Disabilities.” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Accessed November 21, 2020. Web. and “International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020.” World Health Organization. WHO. Accessed November 21, 2020. Web.
“International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December 2020.” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Accessed November 21, 2020. Web.
“International Day of Persons with Disabilities.” United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO. Accessed November 21, 2020. Web.
Disabled World. Accessed November 21, 2020. Revised/Updated April 7, 2020. Web.