‘Only with our active participation, we will form the society that we want and dream of.’- Maria Trikouppi
In September, I had the opportunity to participate in a European competition titled “Reclaiming your rights”, which was held by European Disability Forum (EDF). I was informed about this competition via the Facebook pages of ‘PlanBe, Plan it Be it’ and ‘Eurodesk’ which continuously promote all European opportunities.
Specifically, the aim of the competition was to highlight, through a photograph whether the rights of people with disabilities are respected, or not, and how they feel about this. Through my participation, I did not want to show only a specific situation that portrays discrimination, but to express the general disaffection of these people, both form the wider political and legal system and from society in general, which marginalize them. So, the person in my photograph is voting for the reclamation and fortification of their rights. With my photo I managed to win the third prize at the European Competition.
As a society, we need to raise awareness and be better informed about the topics that concern people with disabilities so that we can achieve better integration for them in the society. After all, we all have life lessons to be learned from these people’s strength and determination. In conclusion, all youths must take advantage of the opportunities that are given by the European Union to obtain knowledge, experience, and skills. Only with our active participation, we will form the society that we want and dream of.