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A group of smiling people hold signs that say Equal UN Mali.

Mali passes new law to protect the rights of people with disabilities

The Prime Minister of Mali has signed the new social decree into law, which promises to improve the lives of people with disabilities and make it possible for people to claim their rights.

September 2021
A young boy smiles and waves at the camera.

The African Disability Protocol: a call to leave no one behind

The African Disability Protocol is unique to the continent and takes African practices and concerns into consideration so that the lives of people with disabilities improve.

Grace Antwi-Atsu, August 2021
A photograph Rasak Adekoya taken in a Sightsavers office

Sightsavers Nigeria’s Rasak Adekoya becomes One Young World ambassador

Rasak was selected for his work tackling the barriers faced by people with disabilities as part of the Inclusion Works programme in Nigeria.

August 2021
A group of eight people together, all wearing masks. One person is holding a white cane and one person is a wheelchair user.

Small changes, big difference: accessibility audits in action

Audits were recently carried out in Ghana to assess whether two hospitals, including their mental health units, were meeting accessibility standards, and to identify areas for improvement.

Peter Kwasi, July 2021
A table is laid out in front of a sign that says 'Disability Inclusive SDGs: Leaving no one behind'

Achieving the SDGs: three lessons from the High-Level Political Forum

Every year, as we examine progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, it is clear to see that setting ambition is easier than achieving it.

Andrew Griffiths, July 2021
A young woman wearing a plumber's overall and holding a wrench.

Sightsavers social inclusion strategy: creating a disability-inclusive world

Learn how we will contribute to the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities through our programmatic, research and influencing work.

A group of people with disabilities raise their hands.

How inclusive voluntary national reviews can help us work towards the SDGs

Sightsavers' Aissata Ndiaye shares key highlights from a discussion at the UN High-Level Political Forum about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Aissata Ndiaye, July 2021
A long line of children queue to see an eye health worker.

Statement: Sightsavers’ response to UK aid reduction decision

Sightsavers' director of policy and programme strategy, Dom Haslam, responds to the "devastating" outcome of the vote to keep the budget for international development at 0.5% of national income.

July 2021
A person wearing a mask sits in a room between the silhouetted figures of two other people.

Addressing the unequal pandemic

An international group of civil society organisations has examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who have been marginalised - the results have been published in a new report.

Sightsavers, July 2021
Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame speaking into a microphone.

Sightsavers’ Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame receives women’s empowerment award

Getrude has been recognised at the World Blindness Summit 2021 for her work in social inclusion and disability rights.

July 2021
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