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Economy News - Baghdad
The United Nations Mission in Iraq issued a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, noting that approximately 12% of the Iraqi population suffers from some form of disability.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health indicates that 15% of the country’s population suffers from disabilities, which equates to 6 million citizens of the total population of Iraq.
Below is the text of the UN mission’s statement:
“As we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations in Iraq reaffirms its firm commitment to supporting the Iraqi government and society to meet the needs, rights and aspirations of persons with disabilities. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Iraq ratified in 2013, demonstrates Iraq’s commitment to realizing full rights For people with disabilities.
It is estimated that approximately 12% of the Iraqi population suffers from some form of disability, and the number rises to 18% among children. Persons with disabilities have faced special challenges due to decades of armed conflict, violence and economic shocks. The problem of disability exclusion is often ignored in many societies, and achieving disability inclusion requires recognition of the efforts of individuals with disabilities to participate effectively in the economic and social aspects of society.
The Government of Iraq, United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations and civil society are working to address the barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Our shared pledge is to ensure that no one is left behind. While guided by the principles entrenched in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we are committed to dismantling stereotypes and championing accessibility by supporting quality education, promoting dignified employment, reducing inequality, and nurturing sustainable communities.
Some simple steps that will improve access to employment opportunities and social services for people with disabilities include:
Create awareness by raising awareness of the needs and potential of individuals with disabilities, including children and youth. Promoting visibility is an essential step that leads to increased participation of persons with disabilities in society and the provision of disability-sensitive services and amenities.
Empowering organizations of persons with disabilities by strengthening their capacities and involving them in advisory processes.
Strengthening coordination and cooperation between ministries in providing services and data management. This not only ensures the provision of services to persons with disabilities, but also promotes job creation initiatives.
Seven of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals refer to disability inclusion as part of the strategy to achieve a better world by 2030. As we celebrate the strength, diversity and contributions of people with disabilities, the United Nations remains committed to supporting the government and civil society organizations in Iraq to promote disability inclusion in all areas.”
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