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WBU appoints new human rights policy advisor

The World Blind Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Florence Ndagire, from Uganda, as the new Human Rights Policy Advisor, effective April 1st, 2018. She replaces Mr. Jose Viera, the new Chief Executive Officer of the WBU.

Florence Ndagire, the new Human Rights Policy Advisor for WBUMs. Ndagire combines an excellent professional background with a personal commitment to improving the life of people with disabilities. She is the first visually impaired female lawyer in Uganda and has more than 10 years of experience in the field of human rights and inclusive development. 

Ms. Ndagire has worked in several capacities in various civil society organizations. She worked with the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities and she has been the senior Program Officer Advocacy/ Project Coordinator of the Action Peace Building and Inclusion for All in the Rwenzori region at ADD International.  Additionally, she worked on a project called ‘My Story, My Rights’ in partnership with NUDIPU and Light for the World. She is the current Chairperson of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group of East and Southern Africa.
Ms. Ndagire worked with the Uganda National Association of the Blind as the Human Rights and Fundraising Officer in 2012 where she popularized the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Also, she oversaw the corporate sponsorship in partnership with Light for the World that generated funding for the eye care services.

Ms. Ndagire holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University and a Master of Law in international and European human rights law from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

In welcoming the new Human Rights Policy Advisor, Dr. Penny Hartin, the outgoing CEO of the WBU said "we received applications from all six WBU regions with a high presence of female applicants which is indeed very encouraging, especially in a global context where gender balance remains such a challenge. As result of this distinct selection process, we now have a new member in the WBU family, who I believe will significantly contribute to our human rights advocacy work."