celebrating activists.

IDPD 2017.

This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we're celebrating the courage and dedication of disability activists around the world. 

Activism
3.12.2017
boy at desk

LAUNCHING OUR NEW APPEAL

We're excited to launch our new appeal, 'My Right to a Future', helping children with disabilities in pre-primary school to access a pre-primary education. 

Activism
12.10.2017
Samantha Renke

Samantha Renke

We recently chatted to Samantha Renke, actor and ambassador for Parallel London, about what it means to her to be a disability activist.  

Activism
28.07.2017
Group of children smiling at camera and saying YES

Is Uganda ready to Leave no one behind?

Uganda and other countries have volunteered to be scrutinised at the United Nations, to check whether they are ready to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the overarching principle of 'leave no one behind'. How is Uganda doing? Here's what civil society thinks. 

Activism
12.07.2016
Georgia Montague-Nelson
People sitting at the UN Assembly

The new CRPD Committee.

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention. On 15 June, nine new representitves were elected. We congratulate them and we're sure they'll do a great job in monitoring the implementation of the Convention. Unfortunately, out of 18 members, only one is a woman.

Activism
17.06.2016
Sylvie Cordier
Number 10

Celebrating 10 years of the CRPD.

A short film looks at what it's like being part of a group that is being ‘left behind’ in Ghana. By ODI, the Overseas Development Institute.

Activism
19.04.2016
Virginia Tarozzi
A woman called Tayba smiling

History in the making.

Yesterday, in Al Damazin Town in the far South of Sudan, women with disabilities were for the first time be at the centre of events. 

Activism
9.03.2016
ADD International
Children in front of a hut, playing on the floor.

Disability in the Sustainable Development Goals.

This week, disability and development experts from around the world are converging on London for an International Symposium on Disability in the SDGs. Three projects by ADD International are being discussed. 

Activism
18.02.2016
Polly Meeks
Staff member interviewing an old lady

Participatory research can help leave no-one behind.

Polly Meeks from ADD International and her colleague Dr Marion Steff from Sightsavers, discuss why the implementation of the Sustainble Development Goals must include the excluded. And how. 

Activism
9.02.2016
Polly Meeks and Dr Marion Steff
Innovations on inclusion.

Innovative approaches to Inclusion.

ADD International is very happy to be co-sponsoring this side-event at the Commission for Social Development at the UN, on 4 February. The event highlights the importance of civil society – and in particular persons with disabilities, and other marginalised groups such as older people – in implementing the SDGs’ commitment to leave no one behind.

Activism
2.02.2016
ADD International
non accessible toilet in africa. Toilet is narrow with no door.

New toilets are great. But are they for everyone?

Access to clean water is essential for anyone to live a healthy and productive life, and is a priority to lift people out of poverty. However, many are still excluded. Accessible water and toilet facility that can be used comfortably, sanitarily and with dignity by people with physical and sensory impairments aren't widely available, and this is detrimental for the whole society. 

Activism
19.11.2015
Sylvie Cordier

SDGs: The key is in the data

Although the signs are good, how can we really ensure the Goals’ ambitions to leave no one behind are turned into action? The UN will shortly unveil the statistical framework used to measure progress against the goals, and we need to ensure we don't make the same mistakes the MDGs have made. 

Activism
29.09.2015
Virginia Tarozzi
Mosharraf Hossain

"End Poverty and Hunger"

Read Mosharraf Hossain's speech at the United Nations, which marks the historic inclusion of disabled people in the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals).

Activism
25.09.2015
the Policy team

ADD at the Sustainable Development Summit

Our Director of Policy and Influencing, Mosharraf Hossain, will be speaking at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, marking a historic moment: the inclusion of disabled people in the new Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals).

Activism
25.09.2015
Virginia Tarozzi

light the way. 24 september 2015

This September world leaders will meet in New York to adopt new global goals. These goals have the potential to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. Join us on 24 September as thousands around the world call on leaders to light the way to a better future for people and planet.

Activism
24.09.2015
Virginia Tarozzi
Group of children with impairments

Looking at the next 15 years

This is a historic moment! The Sustainable Development Goals are about to be adopted by the United Nations. This could mean real change for disabled people.

Activism
21.09.2015
Polly Meeks
Girl with albinism at school with her peers

From Institutionalisation to Inclusion

Evidence suggests there are at least 8 million children living in institutions: 80% of these children have parents, but have been separated from them. Matthew from our Team in Tanzania went to the annual IDDC meeting in Brussels, to show that an alternative is possible.

Activism
3.06.2015
Virginia Tarozzi
Conference attendees

Disability, digital technology and communications rights

The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS), held in Geneva, Switzerland, represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’. Our team was there, speaking up for the rights of disabled people. Polly reports back from Geneva.

Activism
27.05.2015
Polly Meeks
Yellow Wall with crack

Don't forget disabled people in Nepal

In most of the situation of disaster, people with disabilities are often vulnerable and at high risk. With this heartfelt letter, the National Federation of the Disabled, Nepal, calls for all national and international actors to keep this in mind.

Activism
1.05.2015
NFDN