With an estimated 1 billion people worldwide live with some type of disability. 800 million, over 80% of those people, live in impoverished, under-developed, or developing countries where their conditions and circumstances are mostly unknown. Within these parts of the world, it is unheard of to have a proper education or employment based on their experience and knowledge – such basic human rights are denied to them. Sightsavers advocates for inclusiveness and diversity for the disabled all around the world – including these poor, underprivileged individuals.
Over 800 delegates from around the globe attended the Global Disability Summit. The goal of the summit is to show the world the struggles that these disabled and disadvantaged people, unknown outside their home countries, go through. Before the Summit took place, 36 international development organizational leaders from the United Kingdom expressed optimism and hope in what the Summit wished to achieve through an “open letter.” Sightsavers has been a major advocate for more inclusiveness and diversity for those who live with disabilities.
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The Summit took place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and was focused on the need to revamp all worldwide efforts in ensuring more inclusive education, how to achieve economic empowerment, innovation and technology, and most importantly, dignity and respect for everyone. Sightsavers and their initiative for the last five years, Put Us in the Picture, have been rallying for the UK government to be more active in their pursuits for diversity and inclusion around the world for those who are disabled.
More than 300 signatures and 170 individual commitments which support the Global Disability Summit Charter for Change binds each of those signed to the pledge that they made to do their part to make the world more inclusive and equal among those with disabilities within their societies.