Multiple leading international organisations have united to launch #WeThe15, which aspires to be the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities.

Spearheaded by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and International Disability Alliance (IDA), WeThe15 brings together the biggest coalition ever of international organisations from the worlds of sport, human rights, policy, business, arts, and entertainment. Together they will work with governments, businesses and the public over the next decade to initiate change for the world’s largest marginalised group who make up 15% of the global population.

The Tokyo Paralympic Games commences on 24 August and this campaign has been launched to tie in with the Games. Today, 125 landmarks worldwide will turn purple - the internationally recognised colour of disability - including the London Eye.

I have spent my whole career working with disabled and vulnerable people, so I see the day to day struggles that they experience physically, psychologically, emotionally, financially, socially and practically. Depending on the nature and severity of a disability there can be many barriers for individuals to overcome, including from the physical environment, access to work, and of course discrimination which can be conscious or unconscious.

I am genuinely excited to see such a strong international campaign launched to champion the rights of disabled people and improve their quality of life, and I will be an avid supporter over the years to come.