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The businesses embracing disability inclusion

Meet the teams that Sightsavers partners with around the world to help them foster more disability inclusive workplaces.

November 2020
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“Gender and background make a huge difference in how we experience disability”

It is important to ensure gender balance and equity to ensure that women have the right to a voice.

Sif Holst, November 2020
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“Representation means speaking for ourselves”

Eufémia Amela is Mozambique’s nominee for the UN disability committee: she has a physical disability after being affected by polio as a child. Hear her story and learn why she’s fighting for equality.

Eufémia Amela, November 2020
Teach Hassanatu helps pupils in the classroom.

FCDO publishes progress report on disability inclusion

The report highlights the progress made since the strategy was published and shows the key lessons that have been learnt during that time.

November 2020
A painting of a woman in a hijab with peace symbols in the background.

Junior Painter award winners unveiled

Although unable to celebrate in person, the entries for the Junior Painter of the Year awards for 2019/2020 were remarkable.

November 2020
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Rising Voices: Mainstreaming women with disabilities in India-EU international cooperation

The paper aims to bring the voices of women with disabilities to the fore. It details how supporting women with disabilities to know their rights has helped them to stand up for themselves, gain independence and support others.

A man sitting in a chair, holding a white cane.

The white cane: from my adversary to my ally

"Had my white cane given me COVID-19? I began resenting it, but it was not possible to do away with it. The more ill I became, the more I needed it."

Sightsavers, October 2020
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Sightsavers' Equal World campaign wins Third Sector award

Sightsavers' innovative campaign app allowed staff in programme countries to collect petition signatures from people living in areas without internet coverage.

October 2020
Isaac sits outside his mechanics.

The business owner training young people with disabilities

Isaac Bolingo is training young people with disabilities to be mechanics in his garage.

September 2020
A young woman runs on a training track while a man times her with a stopwatch.

Why Paralympics documentary Rising Phoenix is a must-watch

The documentary examines the fight for recognition and rights of people with disability to compete on a global stage. And while much has been achieved, it’s also clear that there’s still a lot of work to do.

Ross McMullan, September 2020
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