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.
Sightsavers recently undertook a learning review to capture and consolidate what we’ve learned so far from our eye health pilot project in Bhopal, India.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) exists to defend the rights of people with disabilities. Here, CRPD nominee Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame shares her thoughts on its opportunities and challenges.