‘We decide’ – this year’s theme for World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is observed on the 21st March every year.


On this day, people with Down Syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organise and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and to advocate for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down Syndrome.

This year, the theme is ‘We decide’, meaning that people with Down Syndrome should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to or affecting their lives.

President of the Down Syndrome Association Malta Joeanna Xerri told Newsbook.com.mt, “this year raising awareness is more difficult but after all raising awareness is meant as solidarity in society. This is the main aim of the Down Syndrome Association Malta – to show and education that persons with the condition of Down Syndrome are part and equal to all others in society.”

One of the activities organised for World Down Syndrome Day is ‘Lots of Socks’, whereby people all over the world wear brightly-coloured socks, long socks, printed socks or even mismatched socks to highlight the awareness and importance of diversity and inclusion.

Eight-year-old Luca Zerafa from Siggiewi went one step further and made a lovely collage of rainbow-coloured socks.

Luca Zerafa age 8

Will you be wearing mismatched socks for World Down Syndrome Day?