In Focus: World Down Syndrome Day


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What does inclusion mean for women and girls?

Listening to the voices of women and girls with disabilities - what they experience, want, need and demand - is an important step towards achieving inclusive and just societies. 

World Down Syndrome Day celebrates the unique contribution of persons with Down Syndrome, to encourage us to think about inclusion.

To hear more about what inclusion means for people with Down Syndrome, join the Down Syndrome International Ambassadors and others to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2022 on 21 March 2022.

  • Register here for the webinar on inclusion
    21 March 10:00 A.M (UTC - Coordinated Universal Time)


The World Down Syndrome Day webinar on inclusion has been designed and produced by self-advocates, like Umniati and Mutiara from Indonesia. They will share what inclusion means to them.

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Image: YAPESDI/UN Women
Image: YAPESDI/UN Women
Image: YAPESDI/UN Women

Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), calls for full and effective participation and inclusion in society, as well as gender equality.

CRPD Article 3
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#InclusionMeans at the United Nations

Each year for World Down Syndrome Day, Down Syndrome International hosts events at the United Nations, calling on governments, the UN, civil society and organisations of persons with disabilities to work together to improve the quality of life for people with Down Syndrome around the world.

You can watch the action on 21 March live on Zoom via UN Web TV. Join the online events!

In the words of

To learn more about empowering women with disabilities, listen to the voice of disability rights activist, Dewi Tjakrawinata.

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UN Women promotes the rights of women and girls with disabilities, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and other international human rights frameworks. The International Principles and Guidelines on Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities, developed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and endorsed by the International Commission of Jurists and the International Disability Alliance, provide further guidance on realising access to justice for persons with disabilities.

For more information contact:

Georgia Westaway 
Project Coordination Specialist - Access to Justice, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
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