Maryanne will be one of the panellists speaking at the Commission's Human Rights Oration on 7 December at Deakin Edge. Read more about the Oration and register
Fighting for inclusion for most of her life, Maryanne Diamond has recently helped end the book famine for blind people around the world. During her four-year term as President of the World Blind Union, Maryanne led its international campaign to achieve a treaty with the World Intellectual Property Organisation to remove barriers preventing blind people from accessing books.
This resulted in the Marrakesh Treaty, a new global copyright agreement that will enable visually impaired people to read books in accessible formats.
Despite facing significant opposition, Maryanne remained steadfast in her determination to achieve an outcome that would make a difference to the 285 million blind and vision impaired people around the world.
The Treaty is being hailed as the most significant development for blind people since the invention of Braille over 200 years ago.
Maryanne’s leadership extends to advocacy for disability inclusion, specifically in the United Nations’ new 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Maryanne’s work is ensuring that people with disability are recognised and valued worldwide.