Angola: Executive Committed to Social Integration of Disabled Persons

Uige — The secretary of State for Welfare, Maria da Luz Magalhães said Monday in uige City that the executive is committed to the social reintegration of disabled persons, so that they can contribute to the development of the country.

The official, who reiterated this plan during the central act of the International Day of People with Disabilities, marked last Monday (Dec. 03), said that the government has been showing great sensibility towards the rights and opportunities of disabled people.

She said the government has placed disabled people in the list of the priorities of its social agenda, since the development of the country can only be achieved with success with the participation of all the Angolan citizens, regardless of their social background.

"In the ambit of the special attention towards this section of the society, the Executive has outlined new measures that favour social promotion and thorough rehabilitation of people with disabilities, through the presidential decrees number 237/11 and 238/11.

She reminded that recently the National Assembly, under the proposal of the Executive, has approved the adhesion of Angola to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons and the respective optional protocol, whose objective is to promote measures for the prevention and rehabilitation of disability, as well as the materialisation of equality and full participation of disabled persons in the social life, aiming for development.

Maria da Luz Magalhães stressed that the search for sustainable permanent and lasting solutions has always characterised the efforts of the executive, which aims at securing for all Angolans a dignifying exercise of citizenship.

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