The UK is hosting the world's first Global Disability Summit on the 24th of July. ADD International is calling for the voices of disabled people to be front and centre during the discussions. Without disability activists, it's all just hot air.
The Department for International Development, alongside the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance (IDA), is hosting its first Global Disability Summit on Tuesday 24 July, with a Civil Society Forum on the 23rd. The summit aims to shine a light on the discrimination and stigma faced by up to one billion people globally. The summit will bring together leaders from the private sector, governments and international organisations to raise awareness of this under-prioritised issue and will drive ambitious commitment to transform the lives of people with disabilities around the world.
We hope this summit will be a game-changing moment for people with disabilities and that world leaders will no longer shy away from the issues; invest in the education and economic empowerment of people with disabilities and challenge discrimination and stigma at all levels. Most of all, we have been pushing for people with disabilities to be at the heart of the summit, so that they can have their voices heard and be a part in addressing issues that affect their lives. That's why we are delighted to see that the UK Government and Government of Kenya have worked closely with co-host IDA to ensure the voices of Disabled People’s Organisations are embedded in the planning and delivery of the summit. By working together, we will achieve lasting change for people with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries, and contribute to a healthier, fairer and more prosperous future for all.