Rights of persons with disabilities


There are approximately 1 billion people around the world, or 15% of the world's population, who experience some form of disability

There are several factors that contribute to the increase of this number, including: human conflicts, destruction due to natural causes, and poverty and unhealthy living conditions,as well as a lack of knowledge about disabilities, and the associated causes, preventions, and treatments. 

The Internet provides new possibilities for social inclusion and for safeguarding the rights of persons with disabilities.

Disability and poverty
Credit: World Bank Group Commitments on Disability-Inclusive Development


Ms Virginia Paque

Internet Governance and E-diplomacy Programmes, DiploFoundation

Born (and currently residing) in the United States, Ms Virginia (Ginger) Paque lived in Venezuela for more than 35 years. An educator and administrator by profession, she has 25 years’ experience in business and manufacturing systems consulting. As a board member of the United Nations Association of Venezuela, her work as the Venezuelan member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations Task Force on WSIS marked her entry to the world of Internet governance (IG) during the Geneva PrepComs. Active in Civil Society discussions on IG, Ginger served as IG Caucus co-coordinator for two years. She was a member of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) from 2015 to 2017. Having completed a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy with a thesis focusing on the importance of IG as a new diplomatic priority, Ginger currently lectures on IG for Diplo and curates human rights topics for the GIP Digital Watch observatory.

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