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Disability rights

We believe everyone has the right to learn, earn and be happy, which is why we promote equal opportunities for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

Ranu, Hanufa and Juthika, the owners of Satata Enterprises.

Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where everyone can access health, education and employment without fear of stigma or discrimination.

There are 800 million people with disabilities in low and middle income countries, and many of them are routinely denied basic human rights, This is why supporting people with disabilities has been a vital part of Sightsavers’ work since the organisation was founded in 1950.

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Including people with disabilities in African political life

Findings from our research show that lack of education and financial resources, social stigma and inaccessible physical infrastructure contribute to a lack of political participation in Africa.

Bhavisha Virendrakumar, October 2019
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Why I support Sightsavers' Equal World disability rights campaign

A lot of people with disabilities grow up not knowing that they have the same right to education and employment as everyone else – we need to change this. My message to other people with disabilities is: We Can.

Atugonza Milton, October 2019
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Civil society survey finds mixed results on SDGs progress

A survey of civil society organisations, co-edited by Sightsavers, is being published this week during the Sustainable Development Goals summit at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

September 2019