Ingrid Heindorf, Anda Filip (IPU Secretariat) and the delegation of San Marino (Mirko Tomassoni, Gian Franco Terrenzi and Elena Tonnini)
Ingrid Heindorf with Maria Cristina Kronfle Gómez, MP from Ecuador
Statement by Ingrid Heindorf during IPU side event
According to the first ever World Report on Disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Bank in 2011, the number of children aged 0–14 years experiencing disability is estimated at 95 million, with 13 million children experiencing severe difficulties. In spite of their disability, most of these children are victims of some form of inequality. They face obstacles in terms of access to education, health care in general and rehabilitation and reintegration in society. For some children, their disability means being stigmatized and excluded. In low-income countries, the situation is even more worrying: scarce resources make it impossible to meet the special needs of these children given the number of other daily challenges to be faced. Meaningful action involving all stakeholders, in particular parliamentarians, must be taken in accordance with the instruments and mechanisms governing the rights of childrenwith disabilities. Such action should result in the provision of better care and assistance to these children and should include ensuring equal opportunities for them and their rehabilitation and integration into their community.