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For the improvement of people with disabilities’ living conditions in Côte d'Ivoire and Africa
Pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie des personnes handicapées en Côte d'Ivoire et en Afrique

SWB-CI

For the Improvement of People with Disabilities’ Living Conditions in Côte d'Ivoire and Africa
Société Sans Barrières - Côte d'Ivoire

WORD OF THE DIRECTOR

"Together we can". Improving the living conditions of people with disabilities cannot be the achievement of an individual or a sole group. To make the change, we shall work together despite our differences. Each of us shall make his contribution. Persons with disability or not, it is only together that we can bring this change for the improvement of the living conditions of people with disabilities worldwide.

Changes that target people with disabilities’ life are very important for the whole society. Like the improvement of the living conditions of women and children, the fact of improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities is today an important indicator of social development.

 In 1999, Bengt Lindqvist, UN, former special reporter of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities said: “Disability is a Human Rights issue. So long as people with disabilities are denied the opportunity to participate fully in society, no one can claim that the objectives of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have been achieved”. Today, we can add: “So long as people with disabilities are denied the opportunity to participate fully in society, no one can claim that the objectives of the Millennium Development goals have been achieved”.

Together, we shall contribute to the social development of our society by mainstreaming people with disabilities into all social, economic and cultural development projects and by working hard to promote UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 


Yédê Adama SANOGO

Director of SWB-CI