WeThe15: 'Biggest ever' disability campaign aims to help end discrimination by 2030

Posted: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 14:53

WeThe15: 'Biggest ever' disability campaign aims to help end discrimination by 2030

Global organisations have united to launch what they are calling the "biggest ever human rights movement" towards inclusion for the world's 1.2 billion disabled people.

The campaign called WeThe15 aims to end discrimination and improve the lives of disabled people across the world by publicly campaigning for accessibility and inclusion.

It takes its name from the fact that disabled people make up 15% of the world's population and represent the world's largest marginalised group.

Launched ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and spearheaded by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA), WeThe15 will work over the next decade with governments, businesses and the wider public to bring about change.

The IPC, Special Olympics, Invictus Games Foundation and the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Deaflympics) have teamed up for the first time in history to help publicise the campaign.

The quartet will use the profile of their respective sport events to further raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing disabled people around the globe.

Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, believes WeThe15 could be a "real gamechanger" and the "biggest ever human rights movement for persons with disabilities". He also hopes the upcoming Paralympics will "engage global audiences and showcase the campaign".

The campaign will last for 10 years, during which time Mr Parson hopes to finally put disability "right at the heart of the inclusion and diversity debate, alongside ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation".

From Sky News.

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