There are one billion people around the world who have a disability. Of these, 800 million live in developing countries, where they have limited access to health care, education and employment, and often face stigma and discrimination.
Put Us in the Picture campaigns for people with disabilities in developing countries to have the same opportunity to learn, earn and be happy as everyone else.
Agenda 2030 (or, to give it its full title, ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’) is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity agreed by the United Nations in 2015. Its ambitious aim is “to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want, and to heal and secure our planet” and it pledges that no one will be left behind.
As part of Agenda 2030, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed. Each goal is broken down into specific targets that must be met between 2015 and 2030 for the goal to be achieved.
Sightsavers’ work aligns with many of the goals, and Put Us in the Picture ties in particularly with goal 1 (no poverty), goal 4 (quality education), goal 5 (gender equality) and goal 10 (reduced inequalities).
Phrases such as ‘disability-inclusive development’, ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and ‘Agenda 2030’ can sound like jargon. But at the heart of it, this is about people.
If people with disabilities are properly considered when international development decisions are made, it can change lives, families and communities, and its impact is beyond measure.
Because of disability-inclusive development, Aminata got to go to school and make friends like any other child; Isaac regained his self-esteem and could earn a living; and Anuradha became a community leader and was elected to local government. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
Put Us in the Picture exists to fight for a future full of opportunity for the 800 million people with disabilities living in developing countries. It couldn’t be more important, and your support is essential in making it happen.
From DFID publishing its first disability framework to people with disabilities being included in the Sustainable Development Goals, we’ve seen great progress since our campaign was launched. But there is still a long way to go.What we’ve achieved