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Four women standing together smiling, in front of a backdrop that says #EqualUN.

Sightsavers calls for more women on UN disability committee

The committee, which monitors implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, currently has six women and twelve men.

March 2020
Women wait in line for eye screening tests.

“We put a special focus on women with disabilities and their rights.”

On international Women’s Day, Sightsavers' Asma Rashida highlights the additional prejudices women with disabilities face, and the important work of the Right to Health project.

Sightsavers, March 2020

Claiming rights and restoring sight: Shamima’s story

Shamima, who is hearing and speech impaired, has developed a unique way to communicate with her close family.

two women sit behind a computer, laughing.

Celebrating the value of employees with disabilities

Rasak Adekoya shares his career story, tells us about his role helping people with disabilities secure good jobs, and what it’s like leading a film shoot as a blind person.

Sightsavers, March 2020
Erin Pritchard speaks at the Sightsavers office

Sightsavers awarded for supporting people with disabilities at work

Sightsavers has been awarded Disability Confident Employer Level 3 accreditation for its work promoting inclusion in the workplace.

February 2020
Abdul walking outside his school with a backpack on

Education for all in Sierra Leone

Abdul is one of many children who has benefited from the Education for All project that aims to give all children with disabilities access to a better quality education.

February 2020
A group of people with disabilities raise their hands.

Pakistan’s first-ever Disability Rights Act becomes law

The legislation, approved on 10 January, will make it illegal to discriminate or exclude people on the basis of disability.

January 2020
A woman wears a welding mask and carries tools.

Annual inclusion report 2019

The purpose of this annual report is to share learning, highlight our work on inclusion and stimulate and challenge both ourselves and our partners.

Someone on crutches shakes a man's hand.

Including people with disabilities in African political life

Our research shows that a lack of education and financial resources, social stigma and inaccessible physical infrastructure mean fewer people with disabilities are participating in politics in Africa.

Bhavisha Virendrakumar, October 2019
Three young men standing with their arms around each other, smiling.

Why I support Sightsavers' Equal World disability rights campaign

A lot of people with disabilities grow up not knowing that they have the same right to education and employment as everyone else – we need to change this. My message to other people with disabilities is: We Can.

Atugonza Milton, October 2019
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