UNITED NATIONS – Queen Sofia visited UN headquarters on Monday to accept the Franklin D. Roosevelt International Disability Rights Award on behalf of Spain.
The Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice honored Spain for its efforts “toward improving the human rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their country.”
The queen received the award from David B. Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“This award serves us as a stimulus to continue making progress toward a fully egalitarian society,” Sofia said.
David Roosevelt said that Spain leads in guaranteeing the rights of its disabled citizens and is an example to other countries, giving as a specific example a series of legislative measures passed in 2006.
He went on to say that his grandfather, who suffered from polio, would have been gratified by Spain’s advances.
Spain’s Health, Social Services and Equality Minister Ana Mato called the prize “a source of enormous satisfaction” for the Iberian nation, which has established the goal of “full integration, non-discrimination and improving the quality of life of differently enabled people.”
The award includes a cash prize of $50,000 (around 38,000 euros) for a non-governmental organization in the prizewinning country, which has been granted to the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities, or CERMI, whose president, Luis Cayo Perez Bueno, accepted the check.
Sofia planned to attend the men’s final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Monday in New York to cheer on compatriot Rafael Nadal. EFE