Fighting for disability rights

Join our Equal World campaign for an end to discrimination

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The campaign

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Our COVID-19 disability rights petition has closed, with 25,276 signatures from around the world! Find out more

Around the world, there are one billion people with disabilities. 800 million live in developing countries, and more than half are women. For many, basic human rights – to go to school, to find a job, to vote, to access health care – are routinely denied. This is caused by discrimination, and made worse by laws and policies that say all the right things but haven’t been fully put into practice.

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, disability rights are being undermined more than ever. People with disabilities are facing additional health discrimination, being denied essential information in accessible formats, and being left behind in the global response to the pandemic. For some, this is a life and death situation, and urgent action needs taking to stop it.

More about COVID-19 and disability rights

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Sightsavers stories Sightsavers from the field

Disability discrimination affects millions of people around the world. But this is not an inevitable situation – together, we can change it.

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Sightsavers stories Sightsavers from the field

Experiences of women with disabilities during COVID-19

Will you fight with us?

What we're calling for

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  1. The rights of people with disabilities to be upheld
  2. Governments and organisations to show leadership on disability inclusion
  3. People with disabilities to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives
  4. The UN and world leaders to be held accountable for putting inclusive policies into action

Campaigning worldwide

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Together we can end disability discrimination

The UN has published a disability strategy, committing to the full inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities in all its work. We need to make sure that it translates from words to action, and results in the UN’s member states making real improvements in the lives of people with disabilities around the world.

We’re taking action for disability rights in countries around the world, from Bangladesh to Uganda. Find out more by choosing a country from the dropdown list below.


Get in touch with our campaigns team

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