They agree that everyone has human rights, that they are universal, indivisible and are strongly interconnected. They also agree that all people have Human Rights regardless of gender, national or ethnic background, skin colour, language, religion or whether you have a disability or are Deaf - you have the same rights as everyone else.
But, unfortunately, due to society's prejudices and incorrect assumptions, Deaf peoples' rights are often denied. Deaf people have the right to speak up about the fact that they have the same civil rights, political rights, social rights, economic rights and cultural rights as everyone else.
For this reason, WFD and Deaf people from around the world are working towards promoting and advancing their Human Rights.
Their areas of focus are:
- Sign Language Rights
- Deaf Cultural Identity
- Bilingual Education
- Lifelong learning
- Equal employment opportunities
- Equal Participation