Cheshire Global Alliance marks UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

2 December 2016

Ugandan polio survivor Issa Gabriel struggled for employment before an intervention from the Global AllianceTo mark the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, the Cheshire Global Alliance is running activities across the world to highlight how disabled people are often shut out of work.

Events such as an arts and trade showcase in Adjumani and a marathon in Bangalore will not only showcase disabled people's potential but also emphasise the negative experiences many face when trying to access training or employment.

‘Employers say "disabled persons are not efficient, they take a lot of time to finish a task".

‘This is not true and in fact we can sometimes perform more efficiently than non-disabled persons.’ — Paul Kawere, unemployed university graduate

‘Some 15% of the global population has a disability but the prejudice Paul has faced is felt on a daily basis in many parts of the world.

‘They are often reduced to poverty through exclusion from education, training and employment.’ — Aletheia Bligh Flower, Global Alliance secretariat manager

Alongside the other 199 independent organisations who make up the Global Alliance, we are calling for national governments to address disabled people's barriers to training and employment.

We also join them in demanding workplaces are accessible and discrimination is made illegal.

Find out more about the Global Alliance.

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