A campaigner in the Budaka group arranged for time to speak to her church’s congregation about the need for children with disabilities to have an education. She urged parents to take their disabled children to school and work towards an end to discrimination.
Girl Guides from all over Malaysia attended the Girl Guide Carnival, where Young Voices held a stall to raise awareness of disability issues. They also sold handicraft items with residents from the Selangor Cheshire Home to raise money.
Young Voices have been spreading the message of inclusion and the UNCRPD by presenting on disability and development issues to the Sierra Leone Association of NGOs (SLANGO) at their AGM. Thanks to Young Voices’ efforts, SLANGO will soon issue a statement on how disability is to be incorporated in its policies. Young Voices have also visited more than 20 schools to talk about the UNCRPD and the rights of person with disabilities, especially in education.
Young Voices campaigners composed and recorded a song urging the Liberian government and civil society to ratify and implement the UN Convention. The launch was attended by many high-ranking officials, including the head of the UN field office, and generated wide media coverage. More than 300 CDs were sold on the day.
Young Voices in South Sudan has formed a choir and drama group that meets weekly in Juba. Songs and scripts performed by the group are being recorded and broadcast on UN and local radio to spread their message across the region.
Young Voices Selangor, Malaysia, met with the management of Majlis Perbandaran Stadium to create awareness of the importance of full access for people with disabilities both to watch and to participate in sporting events.
Young Voices in the Philippines has long been involved with an inclusive youth centre in the capital, Manila. This award-winning centre hosted wheelchair basketball and dancing on wheels demonstrations during its ‘school-to-school project’ that brings together young people with and without disabilities. The Young Voices spoke about disability issues with students, teachers, local government councillors and the mayor to raise their profile among legislators and fellow citizens.
Young Voices groups from several locations participated in the mall tour and parade in Quezon City. They wore Young Voices t-shirts showing the words “Changing Attitudes to Disability” and negotiated a 20% discount for people with disabilities in the Jollibee fast food restaurant chain. This is a national entitlement that it had been hard for young people with disabilities to use because they lacked the necessary national identity cards.