Consultant, United Nations Population Fund
Irene Valarezo Córdova is a 31-year-old internationalist and political scientist. She is a woman with cerebral palsy and an activist for the rights of persons with disabilities. She is an agent of change for social inclusion and a lecturer, through which she has realized her advocacy for changing the paradigm of approaching disability and human rights. She is also the first woman to practice Framerunning in Ecuador. Currently, she works as a consultant for disability issues in the United Nations Population Fund office in Ecuador. For Irene, disability is nothing more than another of the particularities of human diversity; and inclusion is just one more step to achieving a true coexistence among all people.
En Ecuador, si bien ha habido importantes avances políticos que reconocen a las personas con discapacidad (PCD) como titulares de derechos, persisten muchas situaciones de exclusión debido a las condiciones de pobreza o pobreza extrema que afectan a muchas PCD, y el acceso real a la salud de las PCD sigue sin lograrse.
In Ecuador, while there have been significant policy advances that recognize persons with disabilities (PWD) as rights holders, many situations of exclusion persist due to conditions of poverty or extreme poverty that affect many PWD, and real access to health for PWD remains unachieved.
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