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Ecuador talks at UN about programs in favor of persons with disabilities

12 de Junio de 2018 - 15:57
Rocío González informed at the UN that the government’s program includes seven missions to provide assistance to persons with disabilities.
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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its additional protocol were approved in 2006. Ecuador signed this convention on March 30, 2007 and ratified it on April 3, 2008. Nowadays, there are about 177 States Parties.

New York, June 13 (Andes).- President of the Interinstitutional Committee of Ecuador’s “Toda una Vida Plan”, Rocio Gonzalez, discussed Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York about the achievements in favor of persons with disabilities in her country.

“Strengthening inclusion, solidarity and equality is our priority as State and we are strongly committed to the creation of a universal culture of peace,” she said at the inauguration ceremony of the 11th Conference of States Parties of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

She added that the government’s program includes seven missions to provide assistance to main groups.

“It’s about the creation of a solid foundation of social protection that improves living standards through the coordination of goods and social services of the State,” she went on to say.

Until May 2018, members of ‘Las Manuelas’ squad visited more than 47 thousand homes where persons with disabilities lived.

“This translates into more than 230 thousand people whom we provided assistance because we not only help the person with disability but the entire family. We have gone back to the mission inspired in the great national crusade to empower persons with disabilities and their families, to provide comprehensive assistance,” said the Ecuadorian representative.

She mentioned that in terms of access to decent homes, there is a project for community strengthening aimed at creating communities free from violence.

She explained that many families with relatives with disabilities who lived in extreme poverty were given a home in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Pichincha, Guayas and Manabí.

The president of the interinstitutional committee attends the UN event along with Xavier Torres, minister of Housing and President of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Disabilities in Ecuador.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its additional protocol were approved in 2006.

Ecuador signed this convention on March 30, 2007 and ratified it on April 3, 2008. Nowadays, there are about 177 States Parties.

Since 2017, Ecuador assumed the vice presidency of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as part of a world recognition to policies and actions taken by the country in favor of persons with disabilities.

During the Moreno administration, assistance provided to persons with disabilities is a cross-cutting and main aspect. Therefore, they work on identifying and providing integral assistance to this important group.

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