Visually impaired student visits the Embassy on the occasion of Operation DuoDay

As part of Operation Duoday, May 20, the Ambassador received at the Embassy, Miss Ralisa Dawkins, a visually impaired student at The University of the West Indies. She started with a First Class honours Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and also pursued double minors in International Relations and African Diaspora Studies.

This day allowed Ralisa to learn a little more about the diplomatic profession and the role of the French Embassy in Jamaica. During this day, Ralisa, along with her shadow guide and friend Jerr-Lee Walker, had lunch with the Ambassador at the official Residence and spoke not only on their respective journeys but also on the challenges faced by young persons who are blind in Jamaica and those with disabilities in general. Despite significant progress, many are still stigmatized and subject to societal or material barriers, in schools and communities.

This day was an opportunity for Ambassador WIBAUX to reiterate his support for the integration of people with disabilities in universities and the working world. The Ambassador pointed out that there were several policies in place in France for persons with disabilities and reported a growing number of such employees at our headquarters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France and various other posts in French missions overseas.

Operation DuoDay allows the formation of ‘duos’ or exchanges between people with disabilities and professional volunteers in various companies, communities and associations willing to take part. Since 2018, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has joined in this initiative by inviting Embassies to host a person with a disability.

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Last updated on: 30 May 2019