Palestinian Territories – We Are Not Numbers (WANN) attended a theater show followed by an electronic campaign to raise awareness on the rights of people with disabilities (PWDs). The event was organized by the Theater Day association in Gaza, on 3 December, the International Day of Disabled Persons.
After the play, WANN members joined a discussion on the situation of PWDs in the Palestinian territories, the rights they should enjoy, and the wrong societal behaviors that may make feel abused or marginalized.
The members then joined an electronic campaign that aims to support PWDs, raise their rights, and highlight the challenges they face, urging the relevant authorities to do all that could be done to grantee their rights, especially their right to work.
Enas Ghannam, WANN’s Gaza Project Manager, said: “The rights of PWDs are an integral part of basic human rights. All segments of society, including the official authorities, should respect their rights, work to integrate them into the society, and prevent marginalizing them on the societal and the labor force level.
“The International Day of Disabled Persons is an important opportunity to support this often marginalized fragile group. Through its various tools, WANN is keen to showcase difficulties PWDs face, especially in light of the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip and the repeated Israeli military attacks, in which they faced unprecedented challenges.”
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor project, WANN, was founded in 2015 with a mission to “tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news” by pairing Palestinian youth with native-English writers from around the world who coach them on how to tell their personal narratives—and those of others—in a way that resonates with readers from other cultures.