DONATE
sightsavers_news

Disability campaigner elected to local government in Bikaner, India

February 2015

Anuradha Pareek.

Anuradha Pareek, who featured in our Framing Perceptions photo exhibition, has been elected to local government in Bikaner, India.

It’s an amazing achievement for someone who, just a few years ago, was struggling as a single mother raising two children, working in a job she hated and feeling that her disability meant she had few options in life.

Anuradha is a perfect example of how empowerment can make all the difference – joining a local disabled people’s organisation (DPO) gave her the chance to meet “brothers and sisters; people like me” and she learned about her rights and the support available to her.

That was all it took: Anuradha has gone from strength to strength since then. She has been a leader of the Bikaner DPO, a social inclusion facilitator, and with her new title of Panchayat Samiti (local government) Director she’ll be able to fight for the rights of people with disabilities even more effectively.

Framing Perceptions: stories of empowered lives and the impact of exclusion

Learn more about...

Sightsavers and disability rights
Women line up on the start line of the Raipur running event.
Sightsavers from the field

February highlights: updates from around the world

Including news from India, where women with disabilities took part in a running event to raise awareness of women’s health.

February 2018
Anuradha Pareek, a 32-year-old lady from India, is standing in a draw way smiling.
Sightsavers blog

Engagement and participation: the keys to the SDGs

Anuradha Pareek, a disability advocate and local government councillor in Bikaner, India, delivered a speech via video to a Sightsavers event at the High-Level Political Forum in New York.

Sightsavers, July 2017
A woman has her eyes examined at the screening camp in Bhopal, set up for survivors of the gas disaster.
Sightsavers from the field

Eye screening for survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy

Sightsavers organised screening camps for those affected by the Bhopal disaster in 1984, when a gas leak killed 3,800 people.

July 2017