The United Nations underscores on its website that “urbanization is one of the most important megatrends shaping our world and the life and wellbeing of families worldwide.”
This year’s theme, “Families and Urbanization”, aims to raise awareness on the importance of sustainable, family-friendly urban policies.
Slonjšak says that in Croatia, persons with disabilities are still struggling to achieve their fundamental right to a home and life in a family.
Institutionalisation and admission of persons with disabilities to institutions due to an undeveloped network of support that should enable them to live with their families has a devastating impact on entire families and denies disabled persons the right to live with their families, the ombudsman warns in her statement.
Slonjšak particularly warns about the non-availability of non-institutional social and health services in rural communities, which makes families with members with disabilities move to larger urban areas.
The ombudsman says that even though persons with disabilities are guaranteed the right to marriage, the right to found a family, the right to intimate relationships, sexual activities and childbearing and the right to be foster and adoptive parents, those rights often are unattainable for them.
In this context, she raised her voice against the negative stereotype about persons with disabilities not being able to care for children or get married.
She also calls for pro-active measures that will make it possible for persons with disabilities to exercise those rights.
For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.