Sightsavers is a charity organization that was founded in 1950. The goal of the group is to spread the word about treatments to prevent blindness and give those with disabilities the same opportunities as the rest of the people of the world have. The non-profit group is headed by CEO Dr. Caroline Harper. In a recent article for the Gazette Day, she has called for disability rights all over the world.
The article centers around a meeting that was held in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The summit was held on July 24, 2018, and was attended by over eight hundred delegates from around the world. The main goal of the summit was to bring attention to people with disabilities from developing nations, especially in African countries. Sightsavers wants to help the population of disabled people by offering the following initiatives to the meeting. The first item was dignity and respect for all people, the second item was an inclusive education for all, the third item was economic empowerment for all, and the final item was technology and innovation for all.
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Sightsavers believes in helping all people get a fair shake and dr. Harper is doing everything she can to make sure that basic rights are given to everyone including the disabled. Sightsavers called on the United Nations to enact more laws in favor of those with disabilities more quickly. The group also called for countries to sign a charter supporting change for people who are disabled. As of now, more than three hundred signatures are on the document and it bodes well for Sightsavers and those with disabilities as well.
Sightsavers is at the forefront when it comes to being an advocate for those with disabilities. The group believes that it is time for countries around the world to take action in support of those with disabilities. The outcomes from the summit speak for themselves. Here are two of them:
Nine governments are committed to passing new or updating old laws for the disabled and seven UN agencies will include those with disabilities around the world.
This is what Sightsavers is striving for. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is definitely true for the group Sightsavers.