Morocco, like the world’s countries, commemorates World Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3 December every year, an occasion to highlight efforts to promote this category and to discuss the challenges and challenges it still faces.
This World Day, proclaimed in 1992 under a recommendation of the United Nations General Assembly, aims to increase understanding of disability issues and to sensitize national authorities on the importance of integrating persons with disabilities into political, economic and cultural life.
The United Nations has selected the theme “Empowering persons with disabilities, ensuring inclusion and equality” to mark the World Day this year, since the empowerment of persons with disabilities is closely linked to the achievement of the sustainable development goals of 2030, as well as enabling them to contribute effectively to comprehensive sustainable development and the strengthening of their societies as they are an integral part of those societies.
According to United Nations statistics, more than 1 billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability, including more than 100 million children, 80 per cent of whom live in developing countries, Promoting their status and improving their living conditions are among the priorities of the UN and national agenda.
At the national level, the issue of disability and the situation of persons with disabilities, with the guidance of King Mohammed VI, has received special attention and has been a central focus of successive Government programs.
This concern for the Kingdom’s 2011 Constitution is based on the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability, and all political, social, economic and cultural rights of persons in a disability situation have been constitutionally enshrined.
By endorsing the International Convention on the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Morocco has affirmed its firm commitment to improving the status of this group and their families and ensuring their participation in social and economic life.
The Kingdom’s commitment in this area is reinforced by the structured programs launched by the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, in particular the preparation of a bill on the promotion of the rights of persons in a situation of disability which includes several measures and measures to enable persons in a situation of disability to access their basic rights in various fields, Sports, cultural and recreational activities.
In addition, the Ministry has completed the second national research on disability, which was launched in 2014, to enable all actors to obtain quantitative and qualitative data on the reality of disability and persons in a situation of disability in Morocco in order to develop targeted and effective programs and activities in the field.