Named one of the United Nations Secretary General 17 sustainable development advocates, Eddie Ndopu is pursuing a billion-dollar global access fund to benefit the billion people living with disabilities worldwide. Eddie shares his story on what it means to overcome the challenges put on him from being black, queer and disabled and pursuing his dreams.
Being At The Table means:
“I think we need to embrace the complexity and the magnificence of who we are in all of our kaleidoscopic glory.” – Eddie Ndopu
Highlights from the Conversation:
Creating the space to be heard and the methodology of intersectionality
Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and how that influenced how he lives life
Returning to South Africa after undergraduate studies and facing the belief by others that he has reached his ‘ceiling’
Moving beyond zero, going beyond the compliance logic in public policy and social justice
Defying gravity as a person with disabilities
The misnomer definition of minority
Activism that centers the emotional liberation of communities
Making his dream of going to space come true
About the Guest:
Described by the media as "Black, queer, disabled and brilliant," fearless activist and humanitarian Eddie Ndopu was given a life expectancy of five years. Now almost 30, Eddie has made every minute count: he has a masters from Oxford, is one of the UN Secretary General's seventeen Sustainable Development Goals Advocates and is ambitiously pursuing both a campaign to be the first person with a physical disability to travel into outer space, and a billion-dollar Global Access Fund to benefit the billion people living with disabilities globally. Do not tell this man something is impossible.
Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.
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