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WBU Webinar COVID-19, Amplifying Voices, Our Lives, Our Say

Dear members and colleagues,

Please join us on Friday 4 September at 9.00AM-10.15 AM EST (1.00 PM to 2.15 PM GMT) for a webinar on "COVID-19, AMPLIFYING VOICES: OUR LIVES, OUR SAY".

The aim of the webinar is to share the findings of a study conducted by the World Blind Union (WBU) examining the extent to which COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some deep structural inequalities in society. Data gathered from the study is evidencing that persons with disabilities, older persons, and persons from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds are among those hardest hit by the pandemic. While this report puts a spotlight on the voices of blind and partially sighted persons, many of the experiences shared strongly resonate with numerous other studies that are also highlighting how marginalised groups have been affected by this crisis. Through this report, WBU hopes to raise awareness on the specifics of what those challenges have meant in reality for its constituents, as well as shed light on what have been effective resilience strategies for them. The study was made possible with the support of CBM Global.

Panellists will include: Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility; Mr. David Bainbridge, the Executive Director of CBM Global; Mr. Danlami Umaru Basharu, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); Ms. Rosario Galarza, member of the Executive Committee of Latin American Union of the Blind  and WBU President, Dr. Fred Schroeder. The webinar will be moderated by the WBU CEO, Mr. Jose Viera.

To register for the webinar please click here: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

* Accessibility: Realtime captioning and International Sign Language will be provided. The webinar will be available in English, French and Spanish.
 
The webinar will be broadcast live on WBU Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindUnion

The study report is available in various accessible formats and languages  at http://www.worldblindunion.org/English/resources/Pages/General-Documents.aspx

Agenda

Moderator: Mr. Jose Viera, Chief Executive Officer, World Blind Union

Session
  • Opening remarks:  Dr. Fredric K. Schroeder, President of the WBU – (5 mins)
  • Promoting inclusion of persons with disabilities in COVID-19, recommendations for governments and other stakeholders: Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, United Nations (10 mins)
  • Overview of the COVID-19 Report: Ms. Rosario Galarza, member of the Executive Committee of Latin American Union of the Blind (25 mins)
  • Supporting Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in advocating for the meaningful participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities, strategies for effective partnerships – Mr. David Bainbridge, Executive Director, CBM Global (10 mins)
  • Q & A / Open floor (20 mins)
  • Closing Remarks: Mr. Danlami Umaru Basharu, Chairperson, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (5 mins)
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We hope to see you there!

Best wishes
 
Jose Viera
Chief Executive Officer
World Blind Union