Programme to host #WeThe15 campaign in Port Moresby


FIVE days before the Tokyo Paralympic Games opening ceremony, Team Up — an Australian government sports-for-development programme — will co-host the Port Moresby event of the global #WeThe15 campaign this evening.
The programme will be partnering Apec Haus to illuminate the iconic building in purple, the international colour of disability.
The campaign is a new human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities, spearheaded by the International Paralympic Committee and International Disability Alliance.
It aims to end discrimination towards persons with disabilities and act as a global movement for disability visibility, inclusion and accessibility.
It brings together one of the biggest coalition of international organisations from the world of sports, human rights, policy, business, arts and entertainment.
They will work with governments, businesses and the public over the next decade to initiate change for the world’s largest marginalised group, who make up 15 per cent of the global population.
“Championing a collaborative approach to disability-inclusive sports is one of the core focuses of Team Up,” programme partnerships manager Andrew Lepani said.
“The programme has worked to create opportunities for Pacific nations to take part in the campaign.”
The Port Moresby event will include a question-and-answer session with Paralympians Nelly Leva and Morea Mararos, both of whom will compete in javelin in the capital of Japan, as well as chef de mission Susanne Sere.