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Ratify the African Disability Protocol

A woman with Albenism sits holding her child

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, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe to make this happen.

Watch our video explaining the African Disability Protocol.


Working with partners the African Union and the African Disability Forum, Equal World launched a new campaign in October 2022 calling on African governments to ratify the ADP and protect the rights of people with disabilities across the continent. Read more about why ratifying the protocol is so important.

You can take action today by using our social media toolkit, or send a prepopulated tweet now.

Join the campaign 

Are you interested in joining the campaign or working on ratification in your own country? We have resources – including a video, social media templates and campaign documents – to support you. Email Lefhoko Kesamang (African Union Commission), Abebaw Abebe (African Disability Forum) or Grace Antwi-Atsu (Sightsavers) for more information.

Find out more

Want to learn more about our campaign and how organisations can get involved? Read our campaign briefing:


Together we are stronger

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations and Sightsavers co-hosted a side event on the African Disability Protocol as part of the Global Disability Summit held in February 2022.

The event called for collaboration in order to achieve ratification of the ADP. Watch a video of the session here.

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