We believe that the 800 million people with disabilities living in developing countries deserve the same opportunities in life as everyone else. We call on the international community to make this a reality by putting disability inclusion at the heart of development work, and by making sure that people with disabilities are included in every area of life, at every level of society: in schools, homes, workplaces, communities, economies, and in global governing bodies.
Making disability-inclusive development a reality requires leadership, participation of people with disabilities at all levels (including fair representation of women on UN committees), the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities being upheld, and reliable data on disability being collected and shared.
Here’s what we want to see in 2018
• The UK government to put its commitment to being a global leader into action by holding a disability summit
• The World Bank to publish a strong disability accountability framework
• Better representation of women on the United Nations disability committee, and on all UN treaty bodies (women are currently underrepresented on 7 of the 10 UN committees)
• Country governments to show increased efforts at making elections inclusive
Throughout 2018, we’ll be sharing stories of people who are leading the way in showing what an inclusive world could look like. At the moment they’re the exception, but one day they’ll be the rule.
We need you!
Achieving the aims of our manifesto is something we can’t do alone. We need the power of people like you, who are fired up by the global injustice and denial of rights faced by 800 million people in developing countries. Like us, you believe that all people deserve the opportunity to go to school, to find a job, and to have a voice in the decisions that affect them.