On December 3, the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemorates the human rights of persons with disabilities.

To celebrate this special and relevant day for the Zero Project work, there is a need to highlight the wonderful job of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), which has worked to support the political rights of men and women with disabilities, for nearly 30 years.

Since one of the topics of the Zero Project work is the Independent Living and Political Participation of persons with disabilities, we’re having a distinct interest in IFES initiatives. Recognizing that all people should have an equal opportunity to contribute their voice, IFES collaborated with disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) around the world to increase the political participation of persons with disabilities through a number of initiatives. For example, IFES organized the first regional disability rights dialogue on political participation in the Pacific Islands region; and created the first sign language lexicons in Libyan Arabic Sign Language and Moroccan Sign Language.

Click here to see more details about the initiatives of IFES.