In­ter­na­tional Day of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties marked

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The 10th All-repub­li­can Cre­ativ­ity Ex­hi­bi­tion-Fair of Phys­i­cally Hand­i­capped Peo­ple has opened in the Icher­ishe­her State His­tory and Ar­chi­tec­ture Re­serve on De­cem­ber 3

The event was ded­i­cated to the In­ter­na­tional Day of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties.

The Min­istry of Labour and So­cial Pro­tec­tion of Pop­u­la­tion is the or­ga­nizer of the event.

Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Leyla Aliyeva at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, and viewed hand­i­crafts be­ing dis­played there.

Leyla Aliyeva met with dis­abled peo­ple and chil­dren with re­stricted health con­di­tion – au­thors of the hand­i­crafts, and had sin­cere talks with them.

The Min­is­ter of La­bor and So­cial Pro­tec­tion of the Pop­u­la­tion Sahil Babayev, in­formed the guests about the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Over 1,500 hand­i­crafts com­prised of items of weav­ing, paint­ing, plait­ing, car­pet-mak­ing, pot­tery-ceram­ics, wood-en­grav­ing, var­i­ous ex­am­ples of art and house­hold, and em­broi­dery by over 250 peo­ple with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties from var­i­ous re­gions of the coun­try are demon­strated at the event, which will con­tinue for three days.

Sales of hand­i­crafts have also been ar­ranged at the ex­hi­bi­tion, which aims at stim­u­lat­ing, in fi­nan­cial terms, the cre­ative labour of dis­abled peo­ple and chil­dren with re­stricted health con­di­tions.

In his speech, Sahil Babayev stressed that such events held to pro­mote and sup­port the tal­ents and skills of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in so­ci­ety, in­crease pub­lic at­ten­tion to their cre­ative po­ten­tial, be­gan to be ini­ti­ated by na­tional leader of Azer­bai­jan Hey­dar Aliyev back in the 1990s.

The spe­cial care of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev makes it pos­si­ble to take mean­ing­ful steps to strengthen the so­cial se­cu­rity of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, ex­pand their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and in­te­gra­tion into so­ci­ety.

Not­ing that the theme of this year’s In­ter­na­tional Day of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties is "Em­pow­er­ing per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and en­sur­ing in­clu­sive­ness and equal­ity," the min­is­ter said that to­day multi-vec­tor work is be­ing car­ried out to re­ha­bil­i­tate peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

He stressed that the gen­er­ous projects and ini­tia­tives of the First Vice-Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan, Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Mehriban Aliyeva cover var­i­ous vul­ner­a­ble groups, in­clud­ing per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Sahil Babayev also noted the im­por­tance of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion in sup­port­ing the so­cial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Min­is­ter stressed that in ac­cor­dance with the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in Azer­bai­jan, the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion has been im­proved. He said that the new law "On the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties", adopted for this pur­pose, re­flects the ap­proach stem­ming from the pro­gres­sive in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Speak­ing at the event, the UN Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor in Azer­bai­jan, Ghu­lam Isaczai said that the main pur­pose of the in­sti­tu­tion, rep­re­sented by the struc­ture of the In­ter­na­tional Day of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties is to in­crease pub­lic at­ten­tion to peo­ple in this cat­e­gory. He noted that the work car­ried out in Azer­bai­jan, which joined the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties, is aimed at ful­fill­ing the obli­ga­tions aris­ing from this doc­u­ment and in­creas­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to in­te­grate into so­ci­ety.

Chair­man of the jury for the as­sess­ment of hand­i­crafts - head of the de­part­ment of the Azer­bai­jan State Academy of Arts, car­pet-mak­ing artist Mam­mad­huseyn Huseynov noted that each per­son with dis­abil­i­ties de­serves a vic­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Then, par­tic­i­pants dis­tin­guished by their spe­cial abil­i­ties were pre­sented prizes.

Per­for­mances of dance groups com­prised of in­hab­i­tants of the Vo­ca­tional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre for the Youth with Re­stricted Health Con­di­tion No.1 of the State So­cial Pro­tec­tion Fund, un­der the min­istry, and of child so­cial ser­vice es­tab­lish­ments took place in the frame­work of the ex­hi­bi­tion-fair.

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