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Funding Human Rights for Blind People

Having the same rights as able-bodied or fully sighted people is not something that is universal. Many blind people are not protected by law in their own countries and face discrimination everyday. The World Health Report of 2011 stated that at least 1 billion people are considered to have some form of disability, that is 1 in 7 people, or 15% of the world's population. 
That is a lot of people to ignore.  India school for blind children

The World Blind Union seeks for all those who are blind, partially sighted or disabled by other means, equality with their fellow citizens. The best tool for this is implementation of United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We work with our members to ensure that in the 172 countries that have signed the UNCRPD and the 160 countries that have both signed and ratified the treaty, the convention is properly and fully implemented within these countries. 

In order to help our members understand the CRPD and how it affects them, we have developed a CRPD toolkit (CRPD Toolkit) for our members.
Also, with the generous support of CBM​, we've hired a Human Rights Policy Advisor for our members to connect with in order to advance their human rights (José​ Viera; email:

The WBU seeks funding and support from foundations, corporations and others who favour funding human rights issues. This helps with our goal to build skills and capacity among our members that leads to greater equality between blind and partially sighted citizens and their fellow countrymen.  
Our vision is a world where blind people have the same opportunities as others, and by ensuring they have the same human rights, access to society, and education is a large step in making this dream come true.


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