From Iasi to Timisoara and Bucharest, more than 38 landmarks around Romania will be bathed in purple light Friday 3rd December, recognising the world’s 1.2 billion people with disabilities. #PurpleNightRomania is a call to action that celebrates and draws attention to the potential economic contribution of the 800.000 people living with disabilities in Romania.
The idea to light landmarks around the country in purple started last year and is an initiative by the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce (RDCC), which is leading the effort to create a more inclusive society in Romania. This includes holding events, working with companies to develop workplace policies for disabled employees and sparking conversations about disability inclusion around the country.
“More than 800.000 people live with a disability today in our country, and yet the world is still far from truly recognising and honouring this part of our population. It is time to change our perception of people with disabilities, make their voices heard, and their contribution known. The movement’s goal is to put disability right at the heart of the inclusion agenda, while drawing attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all,” Lestat Monroe, Founder and Board Member of the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce, said.
Several companies, embassies and organizations in Romania including: ACCENTURE, AFI Europe Romania (Lakeview Office), Alba Iulia CityHall, BRD, BRISK, Dentons, DMT Marine Equipment, Echinox Property Services, EIB, Finland Embassy, Fundația Special Olympics, Godmother, GTC (Cascade Office, City Gate, Premium Plaza, Premium Point), Immofianz (VIVO! Cluj-Napoca & VIVO! Constanta), ING, Iulius Company (Iulius Malls Iasi, Timisoara & Cluj), JW Mariott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Kaufland Romania, Metro Digital, Metropolitan, Mind IT, Motivation, Nepi Rock Castle (Mega Mall & Promenada MALL), Prime Kapital (Dambovita Mall, Marmura Residence & Silk District), RadissonBlu Bucharest, Raiffeisen, Skanska, Swedish Embassy and UiPath joined the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce initiative and will light their buildings in purple, thus sending a message of solidarity with the disabled community.
“Accessibility to services is a prerequisite to live independently and fully use your unique talents. People with disability still face obstacles on a day-to-day basis, and the RDCC is promoting and supporting initiatives to increase mobility, access to education and employment possibilities,” Serge OFFERS, Vice-President, RDCC and CFO, ING Bank Romania, said.
The organisers also created a landing page that allows businesses to register for next year’s edition.