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  • Haechi Emoticon Event for the Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3

  • Welfare, Health & Security News SMG 895

    On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) on December 3, 2020 and to enhance awareness on people with disabilities, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will be giving out free emoticons featuring Haechi, the official character of Seoul, to 20,000 people on a first-come-first-served basis.

    The IDPWD, proclaimed by the United Nations among the other international days, is celebrated internationally annually on December 3. The day aims to promote the well-being and welfare of people with disabilities, raise awareness on the issues of people with disabilities, and secure the rights and means for people with disabilities to pursue a more decent life. The date was declared after the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons was adopted at the 37th session of the UN General Assembly on December 3, 1981.

    The SMG has prepared an emoticon giveaway event to naturally diminish prejudices against disabilities by having 20,000 citizens frequently use the emoticons for 90 days.

    This event will be part of the SMG’s annual project for the promotion of awareness on disabilities.

    The SMG designed this program for children and adolescents, who have greater interactions on social media, to have them naturally exposed from an early age the importance of raising awareness on disabilities.

    Seoul’s official character Haechi is featured on the 16 different emoticons that express the daily lives and feelings of people with disabilities as well as the special situations they face.

    The emoticons for disability awareness is available for free download and be used for 90 days starting 2 PM on Thu, Dec. 3, after adding the SMG channel via KakaoTalk.

    The emoticons were produced reflecting the opinions of people with disabilities, and expert citizens from various fields, including professors of disability welfare, officials from welfare facilities and groups, and PR specialists also advised to effectively deliver the message of raising awareness on disability.

    As part of the project for enhancing disability awareness, the SMG had earlier held a sign language campaign under the title “We, Here, Together” to encourage people with disabilities stressed from the prolonged COVID-19 situation from May to July 2020. It was a citizen participatory project, which many celebrities, citizens, and students voluntarily took part. Other ongoing projects include the production of online contents and educational animations for children.