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XEJN DWARNA MINGHAJRNA
(NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US)
70 Years of Struggle and Radical Changes in the disability sector in Malta

Disabled people in the Maltese islands began to emerge as a vocal minority only in the fairly recent past. Until World War II (1939-45) they endured oppression and social ostracism in silence and invisibility. Post-1945, after the unspeakable horrors of the war, a sense of idealism swept many countries, Malta included. A willingness to recognise basic human and civic rights, together with a new-found tolerance of minorities saw the gradual emergence and strengthening of civil society and the formation of various groups focused on safeguarding the rights, and improving the quality of life of hitherto neglected social groups, such as disabled people. In their presentation the authors will take a brief look at the major social changes which contributed to the birth of a disability sector in Malta, that is, from the gradual movement away from a charity-based, to rights-based mind-set, to the setting up of a national focal point on disability issues in 1987, and up to Malta’s implementation of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability in 2012 and culminating in the more widely accepted concept of Nothing About Us, Without Us!




 

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