The Girls Education Initiative Ghana – US, Inc. (GEIG) will hold an event to commemorate the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The event will feature the screening of two films as well as a panel discussion on disability inclusion. The event will be held on Saturday, December 3, in Harlem, N.Y.
On the significance of the day, UNICEF says, “Since 1992, the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.”
This year’s theme for IDPD is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” With the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is hoped that those individuals with disabilities will be able to live more equitable and inclusive lives.
Consequently, GEIG will screen Bismark Aryee’s short “NUBUKE: a New Dawn” and “Emmanuel’s Gift.”
Watch the trailer for “Emmanuel’s Gift” here:
There will be a panel discussion in between the two films, featuring experts in disability inclusion in the developing world as well as a short Q and A with Mr. Aryee.
A light lunch will be served. The event will be held at Calabar Imports, a boutique located at 2504 Frederick Douglass Boulevard New York, NY 10030, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made here. While the event is free, donations to GEIG programs in Ghana will be warmly accepted.
Who Is GEIG?
The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana is a registered and incorporated corporation in New York State and a 501c3 federal organization in the United States. The organization is committed to providing academic and financial support for girls and applicants with special needs so that they can access higher education and professional opportunities in Ghana. In addition, it participates in education and advocacy programs in New York City and the United States.