Promoting equality for young people living with disabilities is a moral imperative

By Elia Kaulifewangali Irimari |

Promoting equality for young people living with disabilities is not only a moral imperative but also crucial for creating an inclusive and just society.

Here are some remarks on the importance of promoting equality for this group:

1. Inclusion and participation: It is essential to ensure that young people with disabilities have equal opportunities to participate in all aspects of life, including education, employment, recreation, and social activities. By promoting inclusion, we can help them develop their skills, talents, and abilities to their full potential.

2. Accessible environments: Creating accessible environments is fundamental for promoting equality. This includes providing ramps, elevators, accessible transportation, and ensuring that public spaces, educational institutions, and workplaces are designed to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities.

By removing barriers, we can create equal opportunities for young people with disabilities to participate in all areas of life.

3. Education and employment: Equal access to quality education and employment is crucial for young people with disabilities to achieve their aspirations and become independent members of society.

Providing inclusive education, vocational training, and employment opportunities tailored to their abilities can empower them to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to the workforce.

4. Empowerment and self-advocacy: It is essential to empower young people with disabilities to advocate for their rights and have a say in decisions that affect their lives. By promoting self-advocacy skills, we can enable them to speak up for themselves, challenge discrimination, and access the support and resources they need to thrive.

  1. Combatting stigma and discrimination: Society must work towards eliminating the stigma and discrimination faced by young people with disabilities. This can be done through awareness campaigns, education, and fostering a culture of acceptance and respect.

By challenging negative attitudes and stereotypes, we can create a more inclusive society where everyone is valued and respected.

6. Collaboration and partnerships: Promoting equality for young people with disabilities requires collaboration among governments, organizations, communities, and individuals. By partnering with disabled people’s organizations, advocacy groups, and policymakers, we can work together to address the specific needs and rights of young people with disabilities and ensure their voices are heard.

In conclusion, promoting equality for young people living with disabilities is not only a matter of justice but also a way to harness their potential and contribute to a more inclusive society.

By creating accessible environments, providing quality education and employment opportunities, and combating stigma and discrimination, we can empower them to lead fulfilling lives and participate fully in all aspects of society.

– Mr Elia Kaulifewangali Irimari is the Governor of Oshana Region. He delivered this statement at the official opening of a workshop for young people living with disabilities, at Ongwediva on 12 July 2023.