Special Advisor on International Disability Rights Sara Minkara visits Havana
February 1st, 2024
U.S. Department of State Special Advisor on International Disability Rights (SAIDR) Sara Minkara visited Havana, Cuba, between January 29 and January 31. During her visit, SAIDR Minkara advocated for greater inclusion of Cubans with disabilities in all aspects of society. She engaged with representatives from the Government of Cuba, Cuban independent entrepreneurs, alumni of Embassy-sponsored programs, and students from educational institutions in Havana.
During her visit, SAIDR Minkara underscored that policies promoting inclusion, diversity, and equality in the workplace encourage economic growth and respect for human rights across society. She also emphasized the importance of dismantling physical and cultural barriers for persons with disabilities in order to build a world where “society demands the inclusion of persons with disabilities.”
SAIDR Minkara leads the U.S. comprehensive strategy to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. Her team accomplishes this strategy through four focus areas: fostering accountability and capacity-building; promoting disability-inclusive democracy; advancing the human rights of persons with disabilities in countries experiencing crises; and disrupting the narrative on disability that marginalizes persons with disabilities. Since her appointment in 2021, SAIDR Minkara has traveled to over 25 countries, engaging with government officials, industry leaders, and civil society to support their efforts toward greater disability inclusion. Her work emphasizes the importance of “disability diplomacy” in navigating nuanced relationships with the U.S.’s international partners, as well as raising global awareness to the economic, social, and political benefits of including persons with disabilities.
U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE
Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América
Calzada entre L y M – Vedado – (+53 7) 839.4100 – Habana, Cuba