#PurpleLightUp: 24-hour global broadcast event kicks off this week

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#PurpleLightUp: 24-hour global broadcast event kicks off this week

A 24-hour broadcast event is to run 2-3 December around the world in an effort to celebrate disability and inclusion, to coincide with UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The event is being run by PurpleSpace, a global organisation supporting the Employee Resource Group (ERG) network leaders to drive cultural change, is free to join and will bring together disabled thought leaders, CEOs of multinational organisations, politicians, disability rights activists and network/ERG leaders.

The purpose of #PurpleLightUp is to acknowledge the economic contribution of disabled employees worldwide. The free 24-hour global broadcast event will start in Oceania at sunrise and end in North America at sunset, with the programme featuring discussions, interviews and best practice sharing across six continents.

Kate Nash OBE, CEO and founder of PurpleSpace and creator of #PurpleLightUp, which is now in its fouth year, said that she never expected #PurpleLightUp to turn into a worldwide movement, with thousands of people taking part each year. “With this year being tough for many disabled employees around the world, we thought that it was more important than ever to make #PurpleLightUp bigger and better than ever before,” she said. “As well as having the chance to celebrate with disabled employees across the world, it also gives organisations the opportunity to drive disability inclusion through the sharing of best practice from some experts.”

CrowdComms will deliver the event technology.

Who is taking part?

Continent partners are: the Australian Network on Disability; the Bangladesh Business & Disability Network; the Business Disability Forum; Qaderoon; the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks; business disability international; Community Business; Disability:IN; and EnAble India; with support from the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation and the Valuable 500.

Speakers during the 24-hour Global Broadcast include Amr Khashoggi, CEO of Qaderoon; Disability Rights Advocate and Academy Award winning actor, Marlee Matlin; Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht, filmmakers of Netflix’s Crip Camp; Judy Heumann, world-renowned Disability Rights Activist, featured in Crip Camp; Stefan Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Organization; John Amaechi OBE, CEO of APS; Duncan Tait, CEO of Inchcape; Caroline Casey, CEO of The Valuable 500, Yetnebersh Nigussie, Senior Manager for Global Action on Disability (GLAD), International Disability Alliance; Professor Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Canadian Minister Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion; Canadian Deputy Minister Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility; Sophie Morgan, award-winning disability advocate, social entrepeneur and Channel 4 presenter; Simon Minty of Abnormally Funny People; Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya, Founders of EnAble India along with CEOs and employees from organisations all over the world.

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