‘Leaders of today’ confirm their campaigning spirit in China

Young Voices members from China, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Thailand shared their campaign successes and difficulties at the East Asia and Pacific Regional Young Voices conference in Manila from 4 to 7 December. Taking the theme ‘Building A Better World for All: Leaders of Today’, the conference participants analysed their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges as young leaders of the disability rights movement in their countries. Several eminent speakers also addressed the young people including Mr Trevor Lewis, Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy in the Philippines, who discussed the life of Captain Leonard Cheshire. As one of England’s greatest war heroes, he dedicated the rest of his life not to war, but to helping those in need, including people with disabilities. In this spirit, the conference ended with the confirmation that members would work toward an ‘inclusive, barrier-free, and rights-based society for all’.

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