A Celebration in Support of Those Living with Disabilities or HIV/AIDS

On 8 December, 2013 CEDAC organized in conjunction with Action On Armed Violence (AOAV), a combined celebration for the international events dedicated to people with disabilities and those living with HIV/AIDS. This celebration took place in Rutegama Commune, Muramvya Province. This is one of the many provinces in which CEDAC has implemented projects designed to assist in the psychosocial support for women living with disabilities caused by the civil war.

This event was organized to highlight the plight of those living with disabilities, and to bring this issue to the attention of the national government. The government of the Republic of Burundi, although having signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has yet to ratify the convention and thus bring it into law.

The event had many keynote speakers including the Governor of the province of Muramvva, the Administrators for Kiganda and Mbuye communes and The Main Counselor of Rutegama commune, who all gave their support to those living with disabilities. The event was also supported by a big music concert given by the Orchestra for Peace and Love along with other local and traditional artists. The theme of the concert was to draw attention to the need for the government to ratify the convention and thus protect the rights of those living with disabilities.

The event saw a large turnout of the general public. This public support reflects a wider understanding in the community for the need of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be ratified. 

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