All women, abled and disabled, are sisters in the fight for equal rights

“Sisterhood is powerful” and can be used to bring both able-bodied and disabled women together in the fight for equal rights; that’s according to Stephanie Ortoleva, who is President of the US-based advocacy group Women Enabled International.

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Persons with disabilities a boon for their employers, says Secretary-General

Marking the International Day of Disabled Persons, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that people with disabilities not only make good employees, but that companies benefit greatly from employing them.

Most websites flunk basic standards for disability accessibility, says UN survey

Only three out of 100 leading websites around the world meet the needs of persons with disabilities, such as the visually or manually impaired, according to a United Nations-commissioned report unveiled today.

UN officials urge commitment to integrate disabled persons into society

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other United Nations officials today marked the International Day of Disabled Persons – who constitute the world's largest minority group – with a call for a continuing commitment to secure their equal rights and full participation in society.

Key articles in draft disability treaty approved at UN meeting

In a major step forward for persons with disabilities and humanity as a whole, a United Nations negotiating panel has reached agreement on key provisions in a treaty codifying their rights.

UN marks Day of Disabled Persons with call for their full inclusion in society

From New York to Bangkok, from Geneva to Kabul, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Disabled Persons, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on the global community to work even harder for fully inclusive societies.

UN treaty on rights for people with disabilities may be ready for signing next year

A global treaty protecting and promoting the human rights of the world’s approximately 600 million people with disabilities could be ready for signature as early as September 2005, the Chairman of a United Nations committee drafting the convention said today.

UN marks International Day of Disabled with calls for full equality

With some 600 million people globally suffering disabilities and the day-to-day life of 25 per cent of the world's population touched in some way by the condition, the United Nations today marked International Day of Disabled Persons with calls for their full equality and integration into social life and development.

UN study finds people with disabilities can help with agricultural projects

An Iranian case study organized by the United Nations food agency has found that people with disabilities “can make a significant contribution” to agricultural projects when they receive adequate training to do the work.

Annan pledges UN commitment to inclusive society for persons with disabilities

Noting that more than 600 million people - roughly one in every 10 people - suffer some mental, physical or sensory impairment, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged dedication by the United Nations to making societies truly accessible, caring and inclusive for all people, regardless of disability.