The World Blind Union has voiced concern over slow progress towards full inclusion of women with visual disabilities in global development agendas.
In a world where an estimated two-thirds of blind people are women, the WBU is commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8, with a strong call-to-action urging governments to implement effective mechanisms that guarantee full participation and leadership roles to women with visual disabilities. This year’s UN International Women’s Day theme is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
“I firmly believe that to build a fully inclusive, sustainable and resilient society, it is essential to address the unique needs of women and girls with disabilities and undertake measures to ensure their full and equal participation” said Dr. Penny Hartin, the Chief Executive Officer of the World Blind Union.
Read the full statement here: WBU statement for International Women’s Day 2018