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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
two women sit together talking. One is sitting in a wheelchair.

Social behaviour change: our learning journey

We've done plenty of learning and thinking recently about what social behaviour change means for Sightsavers. Take a look at what we've been working on.

Cathy Stephen, July 2021
Students of the Bridge Academy in Kenya stand outside.

Building a career in IT with the Bridge Academy

In Kenya, a Sightsavers initative is helping young people with disabilities launch their careers. Here, some of the students share their stories.

June 2021
Edith with Atugonza, one of the graduates of the Connecting the Dots programme.

Why tackling disability discrimination is key to employment projects

As part of our Connecting the Dots project in Uganda, we tested a new way of boosting employment rates by influencing communities, families and businesses to act more positively toward people with disabilities.

Edith Kagoya, June 2021
A girl and her mother sit on a bed, looking at each other and smiling.

What is intersectionality, and why is it important to Sightsavers?

Elements such as race, disability, age and gender are a key influence on people's lives. But when these characteristics overlap, it can worsen the discrimination or exclusion that someone faces.

Emma Jolley, June 2021
An illustration showing a group of people of different ethnicities, standing together. The people are pictured wearing brightly coloured clothes. One of the people in the group is a wheelchair user.

Sightsavers study highlights gaps in research into disability discrimination

The study looked at interventions that have been used to tackle stigma, and highlighted gaps in the evidence base. Researchers are now calling for more effort to be put into filling these gaps.

June 2021
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