Sightsavers, the African Disability Forum and the African Union have launched a campaign to urge governments to ratify the African Disability Protocol.
The African Disability Protocol (ADP) addresses disability rights issues specific to people with disabilities living in African countries. The #RatifyTheADP campaign calls on governments across the continent to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities.
In 2018, all 55 member states of the African Union adopted the ADP. But since then, only Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Mali and Rwanda have ratified. For the ADP to become legally binding, at least 15 member states must sign and ratify it.
The #RatifyTheADP campaign calls on African Union member states to honour their commitment and take the necessary steps to sign and ratify the protocol internally, before delivering the documents to the African Union to complete the process. Sightsavers is supporting the campaign as part of its wider Equal World global disability rights campaign.
There are 80 million people with disabilities living in Africa, many of whom face specific forms of stigma and discrimination linked to traditional beliefs and superstitions. For example, the ADP outlines the need to protect people with albinism from harm, as in some countries their body parts are believed to have magical properties, and they are at risk of being abducted or killed.
Ratifying the African Disability Protocol is a critical step to protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities living in Africa.
Watch our video below to find out more about the #RatifyTheADP campaign.
One billion people worldwide have a disability. Our Equal World campaign fights for the rights of people with disabilities to go to school, find a job and take part fully in society.About the campaign
The film ‘Can You See Us?’ is based on the life of John Chiti, who is a Zambian albinism rights campaigner and Sightsavers’ ambassador for the African Disability Protocol campaign.
The Promise in Peril campaign culminated at the SDG summit with a declaration reaffirming commitments to achieving the global goals that explicitly references disability rights.
Dr Jalikatu Mustapha trained with Sightsavers between 2012 and 2016, becoming the only female ophthalmologist in the country.