Following calls recently from MPs for the UK Government to make disability a priority in plans to fight global poverty, international development organisation Sightsavers has launched a petition to gain public support for its first campaign, Put Us in the Picture.
The Change.org petition calls on Justine Greening MP (Secretary of State for International Development) to make sure people with disabilities aren’t left behind in the global development plans. As discussions are held to decide development goals that will be in place for the next fifteen years, it’s vital that the UK government has a disability-inclusive strategy, or people with disabilities will continue to be marginalised and forgotten.
The petition aims to collect 20,000 signatures from UK supporters. The Put Us in the Picture campaign has also encouraged people to write to their MP, and add their name and image to the ‘Put yourself in the picture’ app to show support for the campaign.
Natasha Kennedy, Sightsavers’ Policy Campiagn Manager, said: “Right now, people with disabilities are invisible in global development plans. Because of this, if you have a disability and live in a developing country, your chance to access education, healthcare and employment is almost zero. Millions of people with disabilities are missing out – it’s unjust, it’s wrong and it needs to change.
“We believe that the UK’s Department of International Development must talk, listen and work with people with disabilities and their families to really understand how to include them in their excluded and hardest to reach of all groups in society, particularly in the poorest countries in the world.”
The Put Us in the Picture campaign aims to change the lives of the one billion people with disabilities living in the world; ensuring their needs are not forgotten and delivering real change for them and their families.
For more information and to sign up to the campaign, go to www.sightsavers.org.uk/our_campaign