Sightsavers advocacy advisor asks governments to live up to commitments on disability inclusion

June 2017



Sightsavers’ Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame.

Gertrude ensures Sightsavers is incorporating the rights of people with disabilities in every facet of its work

Sightsavers Global Advocacy Advisor Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame has called on governments to honour the commitments they have made on the rights of people with disabilities.

Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame made the call in her speech at the closing of the 10th annual Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) on 15 June at UN headquarters in New York.

The creation of the UNCRPD marked the first legal framework that addressed disability rights on a global scale.

Gertrude’s speech highlighted the role governments need to play to implement the Convention. She also stressed the importance of collecting disability data to respond to the needs of people with disabilities and hold governments to account.

As a long-term campaigner for inclusion, Gertrude ensures that Sightsavers is incorporating the rights of people with disabilities in every facet of its work.

She is the current vice-chair of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment and has won numerous awards for her contribution to the rights of people with disabilities in Ghana.

Read the full transcript of Gertrude’s speech here.

Read about Sightsavers ‘Put Us in the Picture’ campaign, which calls for global development to be fully inclusive of people with disabilities.

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