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Timor-Leste celebrates National Day of Persons with Disabilities

Timor-Leste celebrates National Day of Persons with Disabilities

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DILI, 04 june 2024 (TATOLI) – Persons with Disabilities in Timor-Leste, with the support of the Presidency of the Republic, the Australian Embassy in Timor-Leste, the Disabled People’s Association of Timor-Leste (ADTL) and the National Vision Centre of the Guido Valadares National Hospital (HNGV) celebrated the National Day of Persons with Disabilities with Walk the Talk and Ophthalmology Consultations.

ADTL’s executive director, Cesário da Silva, said that the lack of access to public facilities and discrimination are some of the difficulties that people with disabilities face and that affect their mobility in the country, saying that the government should create conditions so that people with disabilities can participate in the process of building the country.

The Coordinator of the Gender Equity, Disability and Social Inclusion of the Australian Embassy in Timor-Leste, Gizela de Carvalho, emphasized that the Australian government is committed to continue supporting the 2021-2030 National Action Plan for people with disabilities.

“We are proud to continue cooperating with the Government and civil society to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to services and employment opportunities in the country,” said Carvalho.

The National Director of the Secretary of State for Equality, Maria de Lima, the Deputy Ombudsman for Human Rights, Maria da Costa, development partners, and representatives of non-governmental organizations attended the event.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins

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