International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


ILO GBDN campaign in support of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The campaing aim

To combat the stereotypes and stigma still faced by persons with disabilities in the labour market.


The level of exclusion from the labour market is truly staggering.

People with disabilities make up an estimated one billion, or 15 per cent, of the world’s population; about 80 per cent, of which, are of working age. Yet, the right of people with disabilities to decent work is frequently denied, leading to a disproportionate number of people being excluded from the labour market. This exclusion can mean that people are either held back from accessing a job or they experience difficulties in finding and retaining a job.

So what is getting in the way of disabled talent progressing in the world of work? Culture, legislation and history all play a role in creating barriers to employment. But at its highest level, barriers to employment of people with disabilities comes down to a set of beliefs and opinions held by others about what they can and can’t do. Opinions that are largely based on myths, fear and a lack of knowledge. Challenging this conventional wisdom sits at the heart of this global campaign, led by the ILO Global Business & Disability Network (GBDN), with support from Leonard Cheshire, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and Radley Yeldar.