Arka Declaration on inclusivity signed today by Civil Society in Gozo
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Civil Society in Gozo have this morning signed the ‘Arka Declaration’ on inclusivity at the Arka Foundation, in Ghajnsielem.
The ‘Arka Declaration’ proposes initiatives in favour of Gozitans with mental problems, hearing difficulties, or those who are victims of `addiction.’
It was prepared by the OASI Foundation, Dar Arka, LGBTI+ Gozo, the Mental Health Association Gozo and the Gozo Association for the Deaf.
The Declaration also promotes full equality for LGBTI+ community members in Gozo, insisting on the need to address medical, social and cultural problems.
It urges the Government to take “direct interest” in the promotion of integration and inclusivity in Gozo and proposes the financing of a policy in favour of inclusivity aimed specifically at the particular needs of Gozo.
This initiative was promoted and organised with the collaboration of MEP Alfred Sant, his Gozo Office and the S&D Group at the European Parliament.
Dr Sant thanked the Gozitan civil society members for their efforts to ensure equal rights for those who may feel excluded on the island.
“The challenges and problems of double insularity and size, which is faced by Gozo as an island, also apply to citizens living there who face social, economic and cultural disadvantages,” said the MEP.
He also emphasised the fact that “the input of civil society must remain a central element.”
Dr Sant concluded by welcoming the Declaration, saying that “it should serve as a tool by which to strengthen the solidarity and outreach needed to promote inclusivity in Gozo.”