Media Release International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3, 2016

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STILL FIGHTING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

(MANITOBA December 3, 2016) On the heels of the Disability Matters: Vote 2016 campaign, Manitobans affected by disability are coming together again to celebrate the human rights won by  persons with disabilities and also to call for these rights to be truly respected.

Since the International Day was established by the United Nations in 1992, December 3rd has been a global day of reflection and rededication for over 1 billion persons with disabilities living in countries around the world.

Last year attendance at the event surprised organizers, surpassing the capacity at the Legislative Building with people crammed into every nook and cranny. This year they are ready with a bigger space and self-advocates bringing the message forward.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate people with disabilities and the rights we have won, but there’s no denying that we still have a long way to go,” said Malinda Roberts, co-spokesperson for the event. With disability discrimination having ranked as the No. 1 reason for human rights complaints in Manitoba in 2015, and for every year stretching all the way back to 2001 (click here to see the report), the event aims to highlight the issues facing people with disabilities so that our community can work together to achieve change.

“This International Day of recognition is an opportunity to bring these issues forward toward a better understanding of the challenges our community still faces. From accessing the right supports, to full inclusion in our community, to fair and equal employment, we have a long way to go,” said Allen Mankewich, event co-spokesperson.

The event takes place December 3, from 1 pm – 3 pm in the Bonnie & John Buhler Hall at the Canadian Human Rights Museum. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendees will be invited to contribute to a collective art mural, listen to stories from self-advocates and be entertained by the Scott Tones, a folk cover band.

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For More Information:
Jennifer Rodrigue
204-803-5781
jrodrigue@stamant.ca