“Today is a day of raised awareness and, at the same time, of great responsibility. It is a day of inclusion and visibility for people with disabilities and of unity for all Greek society,” Minister of State Stavros Papastavrou said on Sunday, at an event held at the Lighthouse in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) to mark Greek and International Day for Persons with Disabilities.
Papastavrou, who is responsible for the Coordinating Mechanism for People with Disabilities, congratulated those involved in the event and recounted the steps taken since 2019 to defend the rights of people with disabilities, while acknowledging that a great deal remains to be done so that “no one is left behind” and to “eliminate exclusions, exceptions and prejudices.”
“The new National Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that will soon be announced will bring us closer to the society that we envisage. A civilised society that respects and guarantees equal access to all its members, without exception,” he said.
The 1st Open Agora is a meeting of the SNFCC with non-profit, independent, volunteer and activist organisations dedicated to the theme “Health, Mental Health and Disability”.