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The CRPD: a world-changing convention

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.

Close-up photo of hands reading braille.
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The UK disability summit: 100 days to go

It's 100 days until the world’s first global disability summit, hosted by the UK government’s Department for International Development.

The United Nations building in New York.
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Seventeen women nominated for UN disability committee

A call for better gender representation and geographical spread in the United Nations disability committee has seen 17 women from six continents put forward for election in 2018.

Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame.
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Why I’m standing for the UN disability committee

Growing up with visual impairment in Ghana, Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame experienced discrimination during her education and early employment years.

Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame smiling.
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Ghana nominates Sightsavers employee for UN disability committee

The government of Ghana has nominated Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame for a place on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

A group of dancers some with walking sticks.
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Worldwide celebrations on World Disability Day

Around the world, people have been celebrating 3 December, the International Day of People with Disabilities.

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Keeping up political momentum on disability and development

By hosting a summit, the UK government is committing to making disability-inclusive development a global priority. We must make sure this political momentum is not lost.

A group of people sitting on the grass. A man, with a money box, is leading a discussion.
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The savings group that’s changing lives

The Masindi Savings Group meets under a tree outside local council buildings in Uganda. But the unusual location isn’t the only unorthodox thing about it.

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Sightsavers welcomes UK announcement of global disability summit

The UK government will hold a disability summit in July 2018, as part of a push to ensure people with disabilities are included in global development.

The leaders of disability self-help groups in Bangladesh pose for a photo.
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New alliance in Bangladesh promotes disability-inclusive development

The alliance, inaugurated in Dhaka, promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities as part of the country’s implementation of the Global Goals.

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