This Thursday the #GlobalLeadersChallenge campaign was launched on the occasion of the International Day of Sign Languages, the objective is that leaders from all over the world share a video in which they use this language in order to give it visibility. The proposal has been well received on the social network Twitter.
Both the president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet and her namesake in the Senate Chamber, Ander Gil have participated in the challenge. In their videos, shared by the account of the State Confederation of Deaf People, both have claimed that “sign languages are human rights”.
The Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, who already collaborated in last year’s edition as president of the Senate, has also participated. So did the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, where they claimed that “sign languages are for everyone and everyone.” But these have not been the only representatives at the national level to join the #GlobalLeadersChallenge, but many other well-known faces of the regional and local chambers have also posted their videos: such as the PSOE Economy spokesman in Congress, Pedro Casares, the councilor of the Murcia City Council, Paqui Pérez, the Councilor of the Consell de Mallorca, Andreu Serra or the former vice-president Carmen Calvo.
In 2020, the campaign also had an international impact where it had the contribution of the Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheál Martin, the deputy of the Rwandan Parliament, Mussolini Eugene or the mayor of the Cuauhtémoc neighborhood, in Mexico City.
Since the UN It was approved in 2017, every September 23 the International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated. This date coincides with the creation of the World Federation of the Deaf in 1951, that’s why she was chosen. This organization estimates that there are more than 72 million deaf people worldwide, of which 80% live in developing countries. In addition, there are more than 300 different sign languages, although international sign language is used informally at international meetings and when traveling.