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A busy conference chamber at the United Nations.

Sightsavers calls for equity and inclusion in statement to UN disability conference

Sightsavers' video statement was delivered as part of the annual disability conference in New York. It called for disability rights to be upheld in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 2021
A group of children smiling

UK government pledges £430m funding for education

The funding will go towards education for children in the world’s poorest countries, with a focus on girls’ education. Yet much more is needed to address the global learning crisis that has affected children worldwide.

June 2021
A teacher in Mali points to a sign showing the braille alphabet.

Equal World campaign letter on inclusive education gathers 21,526 signatures

Thousands of our campaign supporters worldwide have signed the letter, calling on the leaders of the G7 to meet inclusive education commitments.

June 2021
Schoolgirls in Guinea smile and laugh together.

G7 education declaration: Sightsavers calls for girls with disabilities to be prioritised

Sightsavers has called for commitments to be met to ensure girls with disabilities are able to receive an education.

May 2021
Three women at a desk, one is writing on paper.

Innovations for disability inclusion

Discover how Sightsavers’ innovations are improving the lives of people with disabilities through the Inclusive Futures programme.

April 2021
A woman wearing a mask helps another woman wearing a mask to walk down some steps.

Report on the 2020 parliamentary and presidential election observation in Ghana

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) deployed observers to collect data for evidence-based advocacy for full inclusion of people with disabilities in the electoral process.

A woman assists another woman to walk down some steps. Both women are wearing face masks.

Ghana’s electoral processes have improved – but are they inclusive?

Ghana has made significant strides towards addressing disability rights. But people with disabilities are not given equal opportunities to participate in electoral processes.

Grace Antwi-Atsu, April 2021
An elderly woman and a younger woman sit next to a man who holds a clipboard, in a hospital waiting area.

What we’ve learned about inclusive data

Sightsavers and other organisations recently came together to share practical tips around collecting data that includes everyone.

Elsie Makachiya, March 2021
A woman standing by a brick wall holds a sign reading #EqualUN.

UN disability committee achieves historic gender parity milestone

Five women have been elected to the UN CRPD committee, answering Sightsavers’ Equal World campaign call for more diversity and gender equality.

December 2020
The main debating chamber at the United Nations.

How does the UN disability committee election work?

An important election is taking place later in November that will have huge implications for the rights of people with disabilities across the world.  

Ross Gilligan, November 2020
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