In 2017, organisers of the European Disability and Development Week (EDDW) launched a photograph contest to challenge attitudinal barriers towards person with disabilities.
After much discussion, it was the picture of Aicha and her friends that won first prize. This ‘in the moment’ shot shows inclusion at it most natural best and yes, because it also makes us happy! The photographer of the winning picture is Marta Moreiras.
The 10 pictures chosen show persons with disabilities finding ways to manifest a right to education, work, culture, leisure, friendship and community. They were all printed and displayed in an exhibition entitled Together for Inclusion in the Mundo-J building in Brussels during the months of February and March 2018.
The EDDW is coordinated by the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), and takes place from 3 December (International Day of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) until 10 December (International Day for Human Rights). The aims of EDDW are:
Awareness raising among the European Union (EU) and its Member States regarding the rights of persons with disabilities;
Promoting the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); and
Reinforcing the linkages between the CRPD and international frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.