Sightsavers celebrates five years of disability campaigning

December 2018
A young woman wearing a plumber's overall and holding a wrench.

Sightsavers’ campaign calling for disability rights, Put Us in the Picture, celebrated its five-year anniversary on 3 December 2018 as the global community marked the annual International Day of People with Disabilities.

The campaign, launched in 2013, began by calling on the UK government to prioritise people with disabilities in the global fight against poverty. In the past five years, the government has done just that. It has published a disability framework to guide its development work, and taken a leadership role internationally by hosting a global disability summit with the government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance in June 2018. At the summit, more than 170 inclusion commitments were made by governments and organisations.

Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper said: “When we launched Put Us in the Picture five years ago, we were optimistic it would make a difference. But we have been overwhelmed by its success, and the fact that so many people feel so strongly that people with disabilities should be included in development. Over the past five years there have been some huge steps forward, including the UK Department for International Development’s Disability Framework, the Global Goals referencing disability numerous times and the first ever global summit on disability. Put Us in the Picture and all those who have supported it undoubtedly contributed to making all these things happen. Onwards and upwards – there is still more to do!”


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