Young Voices campaigner speaks at launch of UNICEF report in Brussels

Michael Hosea, a Young Voices campaigner from Tanzania, spoke via teleconference at the launch of UNICEF’s flagship report: ‘The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities’.

The launch took place in Brussels and was attended by 100 people from various EU institutions, Belgian Institutions and civil society. Attendees, including the Princess of Belgium, found his speech very moving, and were impressed by his courage and determination.

Michael is one of three Young Voices members to be featured in UNICEF’s report. Michael has albinism. In the report he tells of the horrific discrimination and abuse experienced by his family and other people with albinism in Tanzania.

Young Voices speak out in landmark UNICEF report

Young Voices campaigners shared their views as part of a major new report published on 30 May 2013.

UNICEF’s ‘The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities’ provides a comprehensive overview of the global situation for children with disabilities, recommending ways that governments, the private sector, international donors and other agencies can achieve greater equality for disabled children through inclusion.

The report features the stories of three Young Voices members who have overcome challenges to make positive changes to their own lives and the lives of other people with disabilities. They are Kartik Sawhney from India, Michael Hosea from Tanzania and Ivory Duncan from Guyana.

The study also includes an article by Dr Maria Kett from the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Research Centre, on the protection and safety of children with disabilities in situations of risk.

Young Voices speak out in landmark UNICEF report

Young Voices member from India Kartik Sawhney

Young Voices member from India Kartik Sawhney

Young Voices campaigners shared their views as part of a major new report published on 30 May 2013.

UNICEF’s ‘The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities’ provides a comprehensive overview of the global situation for children with disabilities, recommending ways that governments, the private sector, international donors and other agencies can achieve greater equality for disabled children through inclusion.

The report features the stories of three Young Voices members who have overcome challenges to make positive changes to their own lives and the lives of other people with disabilities. They are Kartik Sawhney from India, Michael Hosea from Tanzania and Ivory Duncan from Guyana.

The study also includes an article by Dr Maria Kett from the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Research Centre, on the protection and safety of children with disabilities in situations of risk.

Read the report

Young Voices fly high at UN headquarters

‘Young Voices believe that given equal opportunity the sky is the limit for people with disabilities’ said Dianne Mallari from Young Voices Philippines at the UN headquarters in New York on 7 September. No limits seemed to be in Dianne’s way during the Conference of States Parties to the UNCRPD, where she was a panel speaker on harnessing the potential of youth with disabilities. Her talk was so well received that she was invited by the Brazilian ambassador to the UN to be a panellist again the next day at a UNICEF-sponsored talk on inclusive policies for children and adolescents with disabilities. Delegates to the sessions included representatives from the several UN agencies, the US state department and the World Bank. The next day Dianne was interviewed by UNICEF for a video on the importance of including children and young people with disabilities in disaster and emergency responses.

Link to national youth organisation forged

Young people with disabilities will be included in all youth activities in Sri Lanka. This is the outcome of a meeting between Young Voices and the Deputy Director of the National Youth Service Council, which supports youth organisations in the country. During the meeting they drafted an agreement to ensure that all events for young people will be inclusive.

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Disability rights article published in international review

An article on disability and human rights by three Young Voices campaigners from Sierra Leone was published in the Child Rights Action Network (CRIN) Review. This global network promotes information, sharing and action on child rights and the article focused on how children with disabilities have the same rights as all other young people. Read the full article.