Strengthening the capacity of the WBU regional structures and member organisations
Strengthening the capabilities and capacity of the WBU regional structures and member organisations is a key priority of the WBU.
- Improving employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted persons
- Work to ensure the sustainability of the WBU Regions
- Improving the capacity of our member organizations, including our International members, to engage with each other to facilitate interactions, resource sharing, and working collaboratively
- Supporting our target populations for full inclusion
- Improving access to rehabilitation services by blind and partially sighted persons.
To promote employment opportunities of blind and partially persons we launched Project Aspiro website. Project Aspiro is a comprehensive career planning and employment resource for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. We encourage our members to visit this website frequently for latest resources and to share their experiences.
To improve the capacity of our members, the WBU with the support of Regional Sustainability Working Group has implemented several initiatives including training sessions for regional leaders to tackle issues related to sustainability, a development resource manual, facilitating exchange of information and resources and supporting regional representation at global forums. Read more about the various initiatives on our work plan.
Youth, Women and Older Persons
To support our target populations, we have established a variety of initiatives with the help of Youth Committee, Women’s Committee and Older Persons Committee. The initiatives include; participation in the IDA flagship programme for women & girls with disabilities, ensuring participation of blind women within leadership of WBU structures at national, regional and international levels, the Women’s empowerment award, ensuring youth engagement and participation in the WBU and representation at global levels, representation of 0lder persons at global forums, compiling and exchange of information and data from WBU member organizations and other potential sources regarding the older persons demographic, training and advocacy within the framework of the UN CRPD and SDGs etc. Read more about the initiatives on our work plan.
The WBU Low Vision Working Group has helped develop initiatives to ensure participation of partially sighted persons within WBU structures at national, regional and international levels, identify barriers to participation and inclusion, ensure needs of persons with low vision are reflected within advocacy interventions and identify and share resources regarding best practices for persons with low vision. Other initiatives are available on our work plan. Also read more information and resources about low vision.
VISION 2020 is a global initiative that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. It was launched by the World Health Organization together with the more than 20 international non-governmental organisations that comprise the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). Read more
World report on vision was released by the World Health Organization (WHO), October 2019. At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed. Read full report