IWD 2016 will take place under the theme With Sign Language, I am Equal´ from 19 to 25 September.


First launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy, IWD takes place annually on the last week of September. A truly global event, IWD is the only week in a year that sees highly concerned global advocacy to raise awareness about the Deaf Community on different levels.

This year we gather once again to commemorate the 10th Year Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and acknowledge the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

See the campaign key messages below:


We are pleased to announce that IWD 2016 Toolkit and campaign materials are now available at this link: https://goo.gl/Rd8cFq. Feel free to use the campaign materials to encourage your network to join this global event!

Stay tuned for the IWD campaign webpage available on the 19th of September.