Int’l youth organization supports Dignity of PWDs

By: Roselyn Montaneo

World Youth Alliance (WYA) is a global coalition of young people committed to promote the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. They train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. Through their advocacy, young people are able to live in dignity and affirm life at all levels of society.

WYA has recently joined the disability cause, asserting that PWDs possess the inherent dignity like everybody else. Last December 13, 2011, they organized an advocacy activity for persons with disabilities (PWDs) through the LCDPFI- Young Voices program. The said activity was held at National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), in Project 4, Quezon City and showcased the talents of young persons with disability. This advocacy project is an opportunity to witness how WYA lives out its mission.

As a YV member who had the opportunity of joining the event, I am very happy to interact with non-PWDs, in opening the door of opportunity for PWDs. It was also my first time to perform before many non-PWDs, and show my ability in folk dancing. Many were pleasantly surprised to see people on wheelchairs performing a dance number”.

As a young person with disability, I believe that making an inclusive and barrier-free environment will surely lead to an equal society.