Adopted on 13 December 2006, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
This year, the official theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities seeks us to explore "Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world".
According to estimates, 180 - 200 million people aged between 10 - 24 worldwide live with a mental, intellectual, physical or sensory disability. Women with disabilities make up almost one-fifth of women globally. People with disabilities are up to three times more likely to suffer physical, sexual, and emotional violence but less likely to access prevention, response and support services.
With the invariable impact which women and girls with disabilities have faced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNFPA understands the role of innovation as an enabling force and supports women and girls in ending the unmet need for sexual and reproductive health through telemedical and app-based solutions.
Last year, UNFPA launched its disability inclusion strategy, putting persons with disabilities at the very centre of everything UNFPA does in order to accelerate the kind of organizational change that welcomes diversity and ensures equality.
On this International Day of Persons With Disabilities - and every day - UNFPA works toward ensuring that everyone has access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and works towards ensuring an accessible and equitable world for all.