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President Murmu To Launch ‘Purple Fest’ For Disabled

After the success of the ‘International Purple Fest, 2024’ held in Goa from 8th to 13th January, 2024, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is set to host a day-long celebration of inclusivity at Amrit Udyaan in the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 26th February, 2024.

Inauguration by the Honorable President

  • The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, will inaugurate the Purple Fest event, emphasizing the nation’s commitment to inclusivity and empowerment.
  • Accompanied by the Ministers of Social Justice & Empowerment and the Secretary of DEPwD, the inauguration sets a powerful tone for the day’s festivities.

A Gathering of Empowerment

  • More than 10 thousand Divyangjan, along with their companions, will gather at this illustrious venue, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and empowerment.
  • The Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities spearheads the organization of this monumental event, underscoring its significance in promoting disability rights and inclusion.

Celebrating Inclusivity: Key Activities

The ‘Purple Fest’ promises a plethora of fully inclusive and interactive stalls featuring organizations dedicated to accessibility, inclusion, and disability rights. Attendees can immerse themselves in various activities, including:

  • Amrit Udyaan Visit: Explore the serene beauty of Amrit Udyaan, soaking in the tranquil ambiance of nature.
  • Know Your Disabilities: An educational initiative aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of different disabilities.
  • Purple Cafe: A corner offering refreshments and fostering conversations.
  • Purple Kaleidoscope: An artistic showcase celebrating the diverse talents and creativity within the disability community.
  • Purple Live Experience Zone: An immersive experience allowing participants to step into the shoes of individuals with disabilities, promoting empathy and understanding.
  • Purple Sports: Engage in competitions and activities, showcasing the prowess and athleticism of individuals with disabilities.

Promoting Awareness and Understanding

  • The ‘Purple Fest’ serves as a platform for individuals to showcase their ideas and insights, fostering dialogue and collaboration towards creating a more inclusive and accessible society.
  • By raising awareness about different disabilities and challenging misconceptions, prejudices, stigma, and stereotypes, the fest aims to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of persons with disabilities within society.

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