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Engaging with Parliament on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2013
Posted by Lucy Drescher

Lucy Drescher

As part of my role leading Sense International's advocacy work, I am one of the co-chairs of the disability group within Bond, a network of UK-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development.

The Bond Disability and Development Group (DDG) brings together over 40 UK-based organisations with a mission to ensure that the rights of disabled people are included in all international development policies and interventions. Some of the other organisations I work closely with are: ADD, Sightsavers, Handicap International, CBM International, Results UK and Leonard Cheshire International.

On 3 December 2013, to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Bond DDG held an event in the UK Parliament, which was a great opportunity for NGOs like Sense International to make sure that disability is truly on the Government's international development agenda.

The event brought together MPs, Peers, members of the International Development Select Committee and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Lynne Featherstone. It was a chance to celebrate what Lynne has already managed to achieve, and to talk about how the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) can put structures and processes in place to make a reality of their commitment to disability inclusion.

Former paralympian and television presenter Ade Adepitan was also there, to talk about why he believes that disability inclusion should be a key part of international development work.

Over the past year we have seen a high level of commitment by the UK government to ensure that disabled people are included in the post-2015 framework. As this process continues we want to see disabled people included within the discussions, the decisions and the final framework.

The Bond disability group are urging the Government and party leaders to make a strategic approach and recognise that in the post-2015 sustainable development goals, the rights of disabled people must be recognised to build diverse, prosperous and inclusive societies and Tuesday was perfect opportunity for us to do this in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Lucy Drescher is Policy & Support Officer for Sense International 

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First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Thursday 18 September 2014