We are all equal.
We all have the right to education, health care, employment and political participation, and to be treated with respect and dignity. But these rights are routinely denied to people with disabilities; particularly women and girls, who often also face gender discrimination.
With the support of campaigners around the world, Sightsavers calls for the rights of people with disabilities to be upheld, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We are making progress.
Governments and global organisations are realising that the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals (which aim to tackle extreme poverty and climate change) will never be achieved without the full inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities.
Now is the time to act. We need to build on the momentum of last year’s Global Disability Summit, pushing leaders and UN member states to put the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into practice. And we need to make sure that the entire UN system has a strong, consistent action plan on disability that will affect the work of all its agencies.
We can change the world.
People with disabilities account for an estimated 15% of the global population, most of whom live in developing countries. It’s unacceptable that the rights of 15% of people around the world are being denied, and it can’t be allowed to continue. We believe a fairer world is possible – do you? It’s time to make it happen.
We’re calling for the rights of people with disabilities to be upheld.
We’re calling for real, sustainable change.
We’re calling for an #EqualUN.
Join us in calling for an #EqualUN – find out how you can take action to support the campaign and make a difference.