DITSHWANELO press statement on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On 3 December 2015, DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights joined the world in commemorating the International Day of People with Disabilities. This year’s theme is Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities.

People living with disabilities worldwide, face many barriers to inclusion in society. There is constrained access to participate in society on a basis equal to other persons, in terms of, for example, access to and use of transportation, employment, education, and in social and political engagement.

On 2 December 2015, the Midweek Sun newspaper published an article with a heading “Help for Mentally Retarded Available”. The term “retarded” is a medical word used to describe someone who is mentally slow.Mental ‘retardation’ is considered to be an insulting and inappropriate term, which fails to respect the dignity of the person.

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