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WBU Statement for International Women’s Day 2020

The World Blind Union joins the rest of the world on March 8th, to observe International Women’s Day 2020 under the theme, I am Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generational Equality which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and platform for action, the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls internationally. 

In our quest to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and to strongly advocate for the human rights of women and girls who are blind and partially sighted, through our work with organizations such as the International Disability Alliance (IDA), we ensure that issues affecting women and girls with disabilities (the marginalized group of an already marginalized segment of society) are clearly highlighted. For example, in conducting research on and preparing country SDGs reports in compliance with the CRPD. This provides governments and NGO’s with a foundation on which they can change, develop and properly implement policies and legislation that will better the lives of all women and girls.

On this International Women’s Day, WBU takes the opportunity to continue to encourage countries to develop national policies and frameworks that include women and girls who are blind and partially sighted; reform legislation and policies that restrict women from fully participating at all levels of society including taking up leadership roles and having a strong voice in decision making; ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) and to strive to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment [SDG 5]; highlight key issues for ending poverty [SDG 1], and ensure healthy lives [SDG 3] for women and girls who are blind and partially sighted.

Meanwhile, the World Blind Union has launched a Women’s Empowerment Award to recognize blind or partially sighted women who have worked exceptionally to empower other women. The first Women Empowerment Award will be presented at the WBU General Assembly​ in June this year. Nominations are now open and the deadline is 31 March 2020. 

WBU believes that empowering women to participate fully in economic life is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. Therefore, the WBU Women’s Committee feels that this award will encourage others to participate more fully in their communities. Read more 

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The World Blind Union (WBU) is the global organization that represents the estimated 253 million people worldwide who are blind or partially sighted. Members consist of organizations of blind people advocating on their own behalf and organizations that serve the blind, in over 190 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment. Visit our website at www.worldblindunion.org

For further information, please contact:

Terry Mutuku
Communications and Strategic Development Officer 
World Blind Union