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News in Brief 7 March 2019

  • Women still struggle to find a job, let alone reach the top: UN report
  • Nearly 100 civilians a week are dying in Yemen: UNHCR
  • Three in four children with disabilities left out of education in parts of Europe, Asia: UNICEF
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FROM THE FIELD: Persons with disabilities bike towards sustainability

People with disabilities in Ukraine are contributing to the development of a network of environmentally friendly bicycle routes which are helping to protect unique local landscapes.

First-ever UN report on disability and development, illustrates inclusion gaps

The United Nations launched its first-ever flagship report on disability and development on Monday; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in the hopes of fostering more accessible, and disability-inclusive societies.

‘Genuine’ health for those living with mental disability, dependent on human rights

When persons living with intellectual disabilities enjoy full access to universal human rights, they can exhibit better overall health, says Javier Vasquez, Vicepresident of Health Programs of Special Olympics, who explained how the UN can aid in creating a disability-inclusive world.

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Ghanaian twin activists hope for change in negative ‘narrative’ surrounding albinism

Twin activists from Ghana are praying for the day when a child born with albinism “will not be met with scorn, scandal and spectacle.”

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Everyone has 'a moral imperative' to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities, says UN chief

Cementing and protecting the rights of around 1.5 billion people around the world in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a “moral imperative” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday.

FROM THE FIELD: Rehabilitating lives in Tanzania

A 15-year old girl from the East African country, Tanzania, says an operation to correct a facial disability means that she can “look forward to a future when I am not laughed at.”

Focus on abilities, not disabilities, says leading campaigner from Ghana

The world needs to focus on the “capabilities and abilities” of people with disabilities and “not just the disability.”

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'We need to embrace human diversity': UN disability rights expert

A change of mentality is needed in order to realize greater inclusion of persons with disabilities.

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Paralympic refugee sports liven Syrian boy’s dark past

The first ever Paralympic refugee sports team is providing refugees with disabilities a new way to heal from their traumatic experiences.

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