People With Disabilities Must Be Engaged With SDGs To Encourage Global Equality
The Guardian: Sustainable Development Goals could signal a sea change for disabled people
Polly Meeks, deputy director of policy and influencing at ADD International, and Rachele Tardi, Light for the World representative to the U.N. and a trustee of AbleChildAfrica
“…As the world’s attention shifts to the implementation of the [Sustainable Development Goals], it is crucial to empower people with disabilities to plan, implement, and monitor development programs. It will be particularly important to ensure that information is fully accessible, and to use approaches such as participatory research to reach out to those who are most marginalized — including people experiencing exclusion due to disability and other factors such as gender, sexual orientation, age, and location. It is also imperative to engage with young people with disabilities, given that the world now has the largest youth population in its history. … [T]he greater prominence of disabled people at the forthcoming [SDG] summit is encouraging. … Our vision for 2030 is of a world where no groups are less equal than others” (9/3).