Gordon has joined the UK based Leonard Cheshire Disability charity in parliament to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
He said: "I was delighted to support Leonard Cheshire Disability in marking this event because as both a Blackpool MP and former Shadow Transport Minister I have worked with them on campaigns to improve access to public transport for people with disabilities. There work now in championing education for girls and women with disabilities abroad is another vital project and campaign I am proud to support."
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pledges to “leave no one behind” yet a recent report by Leonard Cheshire and the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) revealed that only 10% of children with disabilities in developing countries go to school. The global literacy rate for adults with disabilities is as low as 3 per cent, and 1 per cent for women with disabilities, according to a 1998 UNDP study. Less than 42% of women with disabilities have completed primary school education.
Around the world, people with disabilities are often significantly poorer, significantly less likely to reach school or to receive a comparable quality of education, and significantly less likely to secure employment or livelihoods. It is vital that the UK continues to ensure that disabled people, especially girls with disabilities, around the world are not left behind.
For more information about Leonard Cheshire Disability’s international work go to https://www.leonardcheshire.org/international