Here’s what politicians have said in the past about disability and the fight against global poverty – we’re hoping they’ll prove that these aren’t just empty words.
Lynne Featherstone, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for International Development (from her speech ‘Putting disability on the global agenda’):
“Those living with a disability are disproportionately some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world – part of an unseen great neglect. It is telling that of the 57 million children currently out of school in the world today, over a third have a disability.
“As a global community, we have a duty to safeguard the most vulnerable. If developing countries are to move forward into prosperity and greater self-reliance, they must take everyone on the journey.
“With the ongoing discussion of what development should focus on when the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to finally put disability on the agenda.”
Justine Greening (pictured above left), Secretary of State for International Development (answering a written question in parliament):
“We should ensure that no person, regardless of disability is denied universal human rights and basic opportunities.”
“We’ll be paying close attention on 10 June. To find out more about why this issue’s so important, see our Put Us in the Picture campaign.