Two silhouetted figures outside. One is a wheelchair user and is being pushed along the road by the other.
Two silhouetted figures outside. One is a wheelchair user and is being pushed along the road by the other.

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The African Disability Protocol

The African Disability Protocol (ADP) is a human rights treaty that addresses forms of discrimination affecting people with disabilities living in African countries, including harmful practices, beliefs and superstitions.

It was adopted in 2018 by the African Union – but for it to become legally binding, member states of the African Union must sign and ratify it. We’re campaigning with partners in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe to make this happen.

Want to keep up to date with ratification news and progress? Email [email protected] to stay in the loop.

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More on the African Disability Protocol:

Alongside the government of Ghana, the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations, the African Disability Forum, the African Union Commission and the UN, Sightsavers’ Equal World campaign hosted a side event at the Global Disability Summit called ‘Together we are stronger,’ to join organisations together to call upon governments across Africa to ratify the African Disability Protocol:

News story, June 2021: Mali becomes first country to ratify the ADP

Sightsavers side event on the African Disability Protocol at the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, June 2021:

A group of people sitting at a table with a large banner behind them promoting the Equal World campaign in Ghana.

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