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Campaigners aim to keep disability inclusion in the spotlight

June 2017
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Sightsavers’ petition has gained more than 7,000 signatures

Supporters of Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture campaign will work to ensure disability-inclusive development remains on the political radar following the UK general election.

The vote on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament and the Conservatives continuing in power, with the support of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.

In the weeks since the snap election was announced by Theresa May on 18 April, supporters of the campaign have been taking action to ensure the issue is kept in the spotlight.

The campaign launched a petition on Change.org calling on all UK political party leaders to commit to including people with disabilities in global aid. The petition has gained more than 7,000 signatures.

More than 400 campaign supporters emailed their local parliamentary candidates asking them to tweet about disability-inclusive development, which resulted in more than 20 candidates showing their support.

Meanwhile, 139 people signed up to Sightsavers’ Thunderclap, an automated social media post sent by a group of people simultaneously, to send a message of solidarity with the 800 million people living with disabilities in developing countries.

Put Us in the Picture supporters are calling on whoever forms the next government to meet Sightsavers’ manifesto aims for the UK to:

  • promote the economic, social and political empowerment of people with disabilities in developing countries
  • support strong global health systems that deliver affordable, accessible healthcare for all
  • deliver inclusive, quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
  • keep working towards the elimination of neglected tropical diseases
  • maintain the UK’s 7 per cent global aid commitment
  • demonstrate global leadership in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals
  • deliver real and lasting change for the world’s poorest and most marginalised people.

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