Marcel Hug of Team Switzerland celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 5000m - T54 Final on day 4 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Society Germany31. August 2021

“A Real Game-Changer”: Major Sports Campaign for Disabled People Kicks Off

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched a worldwide campaign designed to put an end to discrimination towards disabled people.

“WeThe15 aspires to be the biggest ever human rights movement for persons with disabilities and aims to put disability right at the heart of the inclusion agenda, alongside ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation,” says Andrew Parsons, President of the IPC whose headquarters are in Bonn, Germany. “By partnering with Special Olympics, Invictus Games, and Deaflympics, there will be at least one major international sports event for persons with disabilities to showcase WeThe15 each year between now and 2030.”

The campaign is called “WeThe15” because disabled people account for 15% of the world’s population or 1.2 billion individuals. The four sports organizations for the disabled team up with UN Human Rights and UNESCO to raise awareness regarding the issues disabled people are facing through sports events. “These sports events add great value to the campaign and underline the hugely positive impact sport can have on society. I strongly believe WeThe15 could be a real game-changer for persons with disabilities.”

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