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The attendees of the summit pose for a group photo, holding boards featuring the logos of Sightsavers, UK Aid and STEP.

Charter for disability inclusion is agreed at Pakistan summit

The charter aims to make sure people with disabilities are included in the country’s social and economic development.

July 2018
A group of representatives from disabled people's organisations hold up signs saying 'Make it count'.

Sightsavers co-hosts consultation on disability inclusion in Pakistan

The workshop aimed to make sure people with disabilities are included in global development plans, ahead of the first Global Disability Summit in July.

June 2018
Students from Gbendembu School in Sierra Leone.

“We’ve learned to treat all children equally”

Sightsavers' Kate McCoy travelled to northern Sierra Leone to visit a school where teachers are being specially trained to support children with disabilities.

June 2018
Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame smiling.

Sightsavers’ Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame elected to UN disability committee

Gertrude was one of six candidates elected in the first round of voting, of which three are women, which has improved the committee's gender balance.

June 2018
A large debating chamber full of people.

Six women join UN disability committee

The election, held in New York, improves the gender balance on the committee, which previously had just one woman out of a total of 18 members.

June 2018
A large group of people with and without disabilities, outside a conference centre.

Sightsavers' Dominic Haslam elected Chair of disability consortium

The election took place during the IDDC general assembly, held in May in Birmingham, UK. Dom has worked at Sightsavers for 13 years and has been a member of the IDDC board since 2015.

May 2018
Four Ghanaian women standing together.

The CRPD: a world-changing convention

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) exists to defend the rights of people with disabilities. Here, CRPD nominee Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame shares her thoughts on its opportunities and challenges.

Close-up photo of hands reading braille.

The UK disability summit: 100 days to go

It's 100 days until the world’s first global disability summit, hosted by the UK government’s Department for International Development.

Dominic Haslam, April 2018
The United Nations building in New York.

Seventeen women nominated for UN disability committee

A call for better gender representation and geographical spread in the United Nations disability committee has seen 17 women from six continents put forward for election in 2018.

April 2018
Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame.

Why I’m standing for the UN disability committee

Growing up with visual impairment in Ghana, Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame experienced discrimination during her education and early employment years.

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