Team Up for Inclusive Elections: Daria

Updated: October 2020

In October 2020, the disabled person's organization Fight for Right developed several videos to support the local Ukrainian election and increase voter education for persons with disabilities. The videos are a part of the Team Up for Inclusive Elections Project and supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and Global Affairs Canada. A transcript of the video is available below. 

 

[Transcript begins]

 

Narrator: This is Daria, she is 28 years old and her life is different from yours.

 

Daria: Actually, I do everything you do: go to work, and do grocery shopping.

 

Narrator: Like most of people with visual disabilities, Daria spends her free time at home.

 

Daria: No! I like to go to the movies, visited three countries, went scuba-diving and road a quadricycle. I am also learning Swedish.

 

Narrator: Daria has a daughter…

 

Child: Mama!

 

Narrator: and work… that’s why she doesn’t have time to go vote.

 

Daria: This is not true! Precisely because I work and pay taxes, walk the streets of the city, take care of my daughter, I always vote. I vote because I dream about the future, where I, my daughter and other women and girls will have equal opportunities!

 

Narrator: COVID imprisoned you at home. But don’t let it take away your vote! Before visiting the polling station, don’t forget to put on your mask and gloves, take a pen, use hand sanitizer and keep 1.5 meters distance.

Are you still hesitant about whether your vote counts?

There are 2.7 million voters who have some type of disability in Ukraine.

If you don’t vote, we will lose 7% of all votes!

Voters with visual disabilities can: choose a person at their own discretion who can help them to fill in the ballot in the voting booth, receive assistance from election commission members upon request, ask for information election in accessible formats.

And of course, don’t forget about the mask, pen, gloves and hand sanitizer!

 

Daria: Let’s vote!

 

[Transcript ends]