Disability rights advocate and state Commissioner for persons with Disabilities, Diethono Nakhro was conferred with the prestigious Classic Award 2019. The award was given in recognition of her work and contributions as an ambassador for advancing the cause and rights of People with Disabilities in the state of Nagaland.
Accepting the award at a function which also marked the 25th foundation day of the Classic Club, yesterday in Kohima, Nakhro said people with disabilities are not inferior citizens but are equal citizens and deserve the same opportunities as everyone. Pointing out that People living with disabilities are not counted or included in anything and are treated invisible, she said that there is much to be done for Nagaland to become a truly an inclusive state that looks out for each and every of its citizens, including those who live with disabilities.
Nakhro also thanked the Classic Club for amplifying the voice of the disability community with this award. She said receiving the Award means that she will continue to fight harder, and try to make the world a better place for everyone. Diethono Nakhro is a former editor of a Nagaland newspaper and a recipient of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People-Lemon Tree Helen Keller Award 2015 for ‘Role model person with disability’.