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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
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
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