Home Biography Personal Story Campaigns Policy Media Speeches Blog Contact

LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS CALLS FOR MORE ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2016

Labour London Assembly Candidate, Emily Brothers who is blind, marked International Women’s Day by talking about the experience of visually impaired women and girls around the world. She said:
“International Women’s Day encourages us all to reflect on the importance of gender equality, to celebrate the successes of women and to acknowledge the work that is still left to be done. That includes blind women and girls around the world.
“I believe there is still much to be done for women who are blind, such as access to information, health and reproductive rights, education, employment and participation in all aspects of community life.
“I think blind women’s access to information is a serious concern here, especially health and reproductive information. Just as sighted women want access to the latest health and parenting information, so do blind women. However, unlike sighted women, most blind women do not have access to the array of information available due to the inaccessibility of printed materials. Less than 10% of printed documents are made into accessible formats, less than 1% in developing countries. With the appropriate support and information, blind women are as effective and competent as sighted women are at raising children and caring for their families.
“That’s why I want to see the universal ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty. This treaty will allow for more books and printed materials to be published in accessible formats and for support organizations to share books across borders providing access to a wider variety of printed materials for blind and partially sighted women all over the world.”

For further information on the Marrakesh Treaty visit:
http://www.worldblindunion.org/English/our-work/our-priorities/Pages/right-2-read-campaign.aspx

Contact details:- E-Mail info@emilybrothers.com ~ Call 0776 506 0864 ~ Join Emily on Facebook