The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) revealed in a press statement that “10.67% of persons who are five years and older, have disabilities ranging from some difficulties to cannot do at all,” while 2.61% of Egyptians, who are five years and older, have severe disabilities.
In terms of sexual abilities, the CAPMAS declared that 53.9% of those with disabilities are males, versus 46.1% of females.
The CAPMAS stated that the percentage of people with disabilities in Arab countries is low in general, elaborating that the highest percentage is in Morocco, with 5.1%, and Sudan with 4.8%.
Meanwhile, the percentage ranged between 2-3% in Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Palestine, and Yemen, while it is less than 2% in other countries.
Notably, the CAPMAS issued this press statement on the occasion of ‘The International Day of Persons with Disabilities’, which has been annually celebrated on 3 December since 1992. Each year, the day raises awareness on supporting people with disabilities, promotes the understanding of disability issues, and ensures disabled persons obtain their rights.
This year, the celebration comes under the theme ‘Empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development, as part of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.’