Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. Facing daily discrimination in the form of negative attitudes, lack of adequate policies and legislation, they are effectively barred from realizing their rights to healthcare, education, and even survival.
Estimates suggest that there are at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world, but numbers could be much higher. They are often likely to be among the poorest members of the population. They are less likely to attend school, access medical services, or have their voices heard in society. Their disabilities also place them at a higher risk of physical abuse, and often exclude them from receiving proper nutrition or humanitarian assistance in emergencies.
Pakistan has much higher rates than the statistics of developed countries as it has no proper surveys conducted in this regard. We are moving ahead for the International Day of Children this month so I would like to bring your attention towards the children with disabilities. We will be soon going to hold a press conference in this regard, and would like the supporters to raise voice for the rights of children with disabilities.
By: M. Mobin Uddin (Chief Editor)