Twitter Campaign Highlights Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities
To recognize the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) launched a Twitter campaign for the month of December that highlighted participation of disability rights advocates around the world.
Through this campaign, people with disabilities shared why they vote, become candidates, and participate in political life. Participants from Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Libya, Burma/Myanmar, and Ukraine shared different reasons to get involved. As one Georgian advocate with a visual disability noted, “I participate because I am committed to civic duty.” From Libya, the president of Zaykom Zayna, a disabled persons’ organization, noted that he wants to run for office “because now is the time for change.” Founder and CEO of the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI) Nay Lin Soe, who was a recipient of IFES’ Charles T. Mannatt Democracy Award in 2016 also participated in the campaign, expressed that he “wants to be an agent of change for persons with disabilities” as a politician.
Disability rights supporters worldwide retweeted and liked posts throughout the campaign, demonstrating inclusion of meaningful participation of persons with disabilities throughout the election cycle. Tweets from the campaign can be found on @IFESDisability’s Twitter page using the hashtag #AVoteforEveryVoice.