The British High Commission team in Nairobi chose purple items of clothing today to show support for those with disabilities and to demonstrate their commitment to disability inclusion in Kenya on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Speaking about the day, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey said: “As a development partner, our job here in Kenya is to help Kenya leave no-one behind.
“Disabled people in Kenya face a range of challenges, but we’ve been working with the Kenyan government as co-chairs of the first ever Global Disability Summit held in London last July to try to make things better, to increase opportunities, to increase inclusion for disabled people across Kenya.
“And we’ve been working too with the private sector. Companies like Safaricom and KCB have committed to having more disabled staff, to funding training and opportunities for people with disabilities in their businesses and working better to respond to them as customers.
“So there’s a lot to be done, but on this day we stand together to champion people with disabilities and to make sure that together we leave no-one behind.”
This annual observance was launched in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.