On 15 November 2022, the global population reached 8 billion. Reaching this milestone is both a cause for celebration and a clarion call for humanity to find solutions to the challenges we face. An estimated 15% of the world’s population experiences some form of disability. One in five women have a disability, and young women and girls with disabilities have the lowest levels of sexual and reproductive health information and education.
Supported by UNFPA’s We Decide Programme, funded by Spain, this exhibit showcases the photographs and essays featuring persons with disabilities and their work. Originating from Morocco, Ecuador, Mozambique and the United States, the artwork showcases their lived realities and activism. It also brings together pieces from local artists with disabilities, expressing their art within multisensory, multimedia formats.
The voices on display here are testament to their activism and their voices in the face of ableism, sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination, expressed through their art. Across multiple formats, these pieces celebrate the rich lives of persons with disabilities, and the agency and strength with which they lead their lives.
Wanted: A World for One Billion showcases the incredible art of national and international creators. From a collection of artists with disabilities and chronically ill artists, to photographers capturing the lives of persons with disabilities in all their diversity, these creators are shining a light on the importance of inclusion. Through personal storytelling, documentary photography, self-portraiture, and depictions of the body, the artwork also highlights the intersections between sexual and reproductive health, bodily autonomy, gender, age, disability, and human rights.
UNFPA’s We Decide programme works to ensure persons with disabilities, particularly women and youth with disabilities, can realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and live free from discrimination and gender based violence. It also works to support their bodily autonomy, which underlies the full range of human rights, forming a foundation for resilient, inclusive and thriving societies that can meet the challenges of the world. A world of #8BillionStrong.
For more information: www.unfpa.org/WEDECIDE