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WBU appoints Dr Cordeiro as Advocacy Co-ordinator

Dr Victor Cordeiro was appointed World Blind Union (WBU) Advocacy Co-ordinator. He intends to build the capacity of WBU members in using the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as an advocacy tool to engage national governments.

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Dr Victor John Cordeiro - WBU Advocacy Co-ordinator
Dr. Victor John Cordeiro has been recruited for this position in February 2012 and is based in Bangalore, India. This position is supported by CBM with the larger objective of building the capacity of World Blind Union WBU members in using the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as an effective advocacy tool in their critical engagement with national governments and agencies of strategic importance.

He is a committed development professional who has both experiential (living with blindness) and subject expertise in the field of disability in general and blindness/low vision in particular. He has gained 23 years of rich and diverse, cross functional experiences and cross sectoral expertise while working with international and national agencies; disabled persons organisations and blind persons organisations; community based organisations and human rights networks.

Victor has significantly contributed to facilitate and strengthen rural disabled people’s movement in India. He has acquired a Master’s degree in sociology and management; and a doctoral degree in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) from reputed universities of India.

Strategic priorities for the WBU's advocacy coordinator:
  1. Intensive and direct capacity building programmes for partner organisations, CRPD National/Regional champions
  2. Extensive Information  dissemination for partner organisations through various methods
  3. Strategic guidance and support to design and execute advocacy and campaigning initiatives at the national level
  4. Support for partner organisations to prepare alternative reports, submissions and propose  list of issues to various treaty bodies
  5. Support to WBU in drafting submissions, concept notes, papers and other documents of strategic importance

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