U.S. Embassy supports efforts to ensure the rights and benefits of persons with disabilities in Ethiopia

Dire Dawa, December 8, 2022 – Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa Fiona Evans joined the Minister of Women and Social Affairs, the Minister of Health, the Mayor of Dire Dawa City Administration, leaders of the Federation of Ethiopian Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FEAPD) and member associations in observance of the 2022 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In her remarks at the national event, the DCM highlighted this year’s theme, “Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development: The Role of Innovation in Fueling an Accessible and Equitable World” as significant in maintaining ongoing efforts to ensure the rights and benefits of persons with disabilities in Ethiopia.

“The various laws that advance the causes of persons with disabilities in Ethiopia are very important to ensure their independence and success,” the DCM remarked.

In 1992, the United Nations established December 3 as the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, and it remains an important occasion to honor the progress made and to plan the work that remains to be done. It is a day to reflect upon our shared values of inclusion and diversity, to learn from the lived experiences of persons with disabilities, and to chart future actions to promote inclusive and accessible societies.

The U.S. Embassy partners with concerned stakeholders to achieve the universal goal of advancing the rights of all persons, including those with disabilities. To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership, please visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia (usembassy.gov) and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and @USEmbassyAddis on social media.