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Representatives of non-governmental organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean praised Cuba’s policies to promote the social wellbeing of disabled persons.
Speaking exclusively with ACN, Sandra Darce Mendoza, a member of the Admissions Committee for the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (Riadis), commented on the island’s inclusive programs and training centers for this section of the population.
She highlighted that regional countries such as Nicaragua, Bolivia and Cuba stand out for their socially focused policies, which make disabled persons feel useful and contribute to their comprehensive development.
Darce, who is participating in Riadis’ Sixth Latin American Conference taking place for the first time in Havana, highlighted the importance of holding the event in Cuba, “An example of the struggle for unity, just causes and equality among all peoples, free of any type of discrimination.”
Holding an event as important as this on the island represents the continuation of the legacy of Fidel Castro, Augusto César Sandino, Hugo Chávez, and those fighting so that the men and women around the world may live a life of equality, she stated.
Also President of the National Federation of Women with Disabilities in Nicaragua, Darce noted that section of the population suffers exclusion, particularly in the workplace, where they are often stigmatized and looked upon with prejudice.
In addition to physical and mental limitations, disabled persons also face external barriers, which must be eradicated - hence the importance of this encounter intended to unite voices, exchange best practice methods, and strengthen the adoption of inclusive public policies throughout the region.
Taking place in the Havana International Convention Center, with 200 delegates from 16 countries in attendance, the Sixth Riadis Conference ends today, March 17.
“An inclusive Latin America, with unity, development, peace, and hope” is the maxim of the event, which is addressing topics such as sign language and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for people with disabilities. / ACN