It’s an amazing achievement for someone who, just a few years ago, was struggling as a single mother raising two children, working in a job she hated and feeling that her disability meant she had few options in life.
Anuradha is a perfect example of how empowerment can make all the difference – joining a local disabled people’s organisation (DPO) gave her the chance to meet “brothers and sisters; people like me” and she learned about her rights and the support available to her.
That was all it took: Anuradha has gone from strength to strength since then. She has been a leader of the Bikaner DPO, a social inclusion facilitator, and with her new title of Panchayat Samiti (local government) Director she’ll be able to fight for the rights of people with disabilities even more effectively.
Including news from India, where women with disabilities took part in a running event to raise awareness of women’s health.
Anuradha Pareek, a disability advocate and local government councillor in Bikaner, India, delivered a speech via video to a Sightsavers event at the High-Level Political Forum in New York.
Sightsavers organised screening camps for those affected by the Bhopal disaster in 1984, when a gas leak killed 3,800 people.