Women Deliver Conference: Be a disability-inclusive feminist

We’re proud to have attended the 2023 Women Deliver Conference, where we called for action to ensure women with disabilities are not forgotten when it comes to women’s rights.

Worldwide, around 18% of women have a disability. But disability issues are often forgotten within the women’s rights movement.

Together we can address this injustice. That’s why Sightsavers is proud to have attended the 2023 Women Deliver Conference, calling for people to take action to be a disability-inclusive feminist.

About the conference

The Women Deliver Conference took place in-person in Kigali, Rwanda, as well as virtually, on 17-20 July 2023. As one of the largest multi-sector events to advance gender equality, the conference welcomed 6,000 people in Kigali and more than 200,000 people online.

At the conference, visitors were able to join one of our concurrent sessions or visit our booth, located in the Square. Read the news story

Hear the stories

Six women with lived experience of disabilities explain why they decided to choose their own path and tell a radically different story. 

Read their stories

How can I get involved?

Spread the word

Share a selfie on social media to tell the world why you’re a disability-inclusive feminist, and tag @Sightsavers on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. Or share our tweet to show your support.

Sign our petition

Our Equal World petition calls on global decision-makers to include people with disabilities in their plans to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sign the petition now

Read about the event

At the event in Kigali, we hosted several concurrent conference sessions, and our booth showcased our work and encouraged people to get involved.
Read the news story

Partner with us

We welcome opportunities to work in partnership with organisations to deliver resilient, sustainable and cost-effective programmes. To discuss how we could work with you, email Anna Becker: [email protected]

Get behind the protocol

Sightsavers’ Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame explains how the Feminist Accessibility Protocol can transform the inclusion of people with disabilities, and why you should sign it today.
Read Gertrude’s blog

Explore Inclusive Futures

Sightsavers leads Inclusive Futures, a group of more than 20 partners working to improve access to education, health and employment for people with disabilities.
Visit Inclusive Futures’ hub

Teenager Maniapi hugs her mother outside their home. They're both smiling.

Learn about our work on women’s rights

Making sure the rights of women and girls are addressed is critical in everything we do, whether it's the right to go to school, get a job, vote, or make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. We’re committed to making our programmes gender responsive and disability inclusive.

Read more information (pdf)
A colourful exhibition booth featuring illustrations and photos, plus the text 'Sightsavers' and 'Women are entitled - to their human rights'.
Sightsavers’ booth at the conference in Kigali.

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