Here’s a couple more photos from today’s sessions at the Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Conference in Brussels.

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Young Voices in New York for the Conference of States Parties to the UNCRPD

Six of our Young Voices campaigners are in New York this week to attend the 7th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Their attendance is being sponsored by UNICEF. The Young Voices campaigners attending are Ashura Michael from Kenya, Mohammed Yaaseen Edoo from Mauritius, Kartik Sawhney from India, Mark Operiano from the Philippines, Tongai Dana from Zimbabwe and Ivory Duncan from Guyana. Ashura will be speaking at a panel session on young people with disabilities alongside Leonard Cheshire Disability chief executive Clare Pelham.

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Young Voices campaigners at the World Conference on Youth

WCY logo - a grey circle with 7 different coloured triangular-like shapes coming off it7 Young Voices campaigners are participating in the 2014 World Conference on Youth which takes place this week in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 1500 delegates are coming together to discuss mainstreaming young people in the post-2015 development agenda.

The conference aims to produce a unique joint outcome document between states and young people called the “Colombo Action Plan”. The Young Voices campaigners will be doing all they can to make sure that young people with disabilities are recognised in the action plan.

The Young Voices campaigners attending are: Ashura and Lawrence from Kenya, Turkson and Courage from Zimbabwe, David from Zambia, and Janitha and Umesh from Sri Lanka.

Global Call to Action

A group photo of the 20 Young Voices campaigners at the 2013 global meeting. They are all holding hands with their arms raised in the airWe’re very proud to be launching Young Voices Global Call to Action. The Call to Action sets out a vision for what Young Voices want to achieve and what changes they want to see. It calls on Young Voices around the globe to continue to campaign to improve the quality of life of every single person with a disability.

Download the Call to Action.

Or listen to it here:

The Call to Action was developed by Young Voices campaigners from 19 different countries at the Young Voices Global Meeting in Nairobi in October 2013. Huge thanks to Jani from India for preparing the first draft and to Leroy from Guyana for recording the audio version.

Congratulations Josephine!

Young Voices campaigner Josephine Namirimu in her graduation outfit. She is a wheelchair user.
Big congratulations to Young Voices campaigner Josephine Namirimu from Uganda, who has just graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Makerere University Business School. To celebrate her graduation, she plans to go one of the Cheshire homes in Uganda with some fellow students. They hope to encourage and inspire the children with disabilities who live there to achieve great things in education.

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Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Young Voices campaigners are marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December with a new video highlighting the work we do around the world.

The video, which is also being shown at a special event at the UN headquarters in New York, was produced on the theme of ‘Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all’.

We have also published a new report, Making Rights a Reality, put together by Young Voices from across the globe. It reports on how governments are implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and includes young people’s recommendations of what they think needs to change.

Leonard Cheshire Disability and Young Voices will also be represented at a Bond event at the UK Parliament in Westminster to mark the day.

Young Voices in Brussels

Young Voices campaigners from Kenya, Zambia and the Philippines will be in Brussels at the end of November to take part in two exciting events:

26th November: European Development Days session

Young Voices campaigners will be hosting a session on ‘The Power of Young Voices – an innovative approach to inclusive civic engagement focusing on young people with disabilities’ at the European Development Days on 26th November. The European Development Days is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation.

Eu development days banner - writing on banner says eudevdays. eu, 26 - 27 November 2013, Brussels Tour & Taxis

28th November: Roundtable hosted by Richard Howitt MEP

On 28th November, Young Voices campaigners will be taking part in a roundtable on ‘Youth advocacy, human rights and mainstreaming disability’ at the European Parliament. As well as Young Voices campaigners, speakers will include Richard Howitt MEP, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Human Rights Sub Committee, and Rolando Villamero, member of the Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group.

Email us at international@lcdisability.org if you would like to attend either of these events.

Wanja Maina, Young Voices campaigner from Kenya, is moderating the European Development Days session and will also speak at the roundtable with Richard Howitt MEP. Here’s Wanja talking about disability and development:

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Young Voices at the Commonwealth Youth Forum

Ten Young Voices campaigners from Sri Lanka are participating in the 9th Commonwealth Youth Forum, which is taking place this week in Sri Lanka alongside the biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. As well as participating in the discussions, they will be putting up an exhibit and hosting two side events on ‘The Power of Young Voices – an innovative approach to inclusive civic engagement focusing on young people with disabilities’.