Our Report titled " Gender and disability: Inspiring practices from women and girls with disabilities addressing discrimination and violence in Africa" published in October 2020 is available below, in English and French, in PDF and accessible Word versions.
A summary of the good practices from Burundi, Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Rwanda can be found in our leaflet, published March 2021, also available in English, French, in PDF avec accessible versions.
Making It Work is proud to be working with 17 grassroots organizations in Africa! Our country partners are either women with disabilities organizations or feminist organizations working with women with disabilities to fight gender-based violence.
The country partners selected in 2017:
Visual Hearing Impairment Membership Association (VIHEMA) - Malawi
Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) - Cameroon
Rural Women Peace Link (RWPL) - Kenya
Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) - Kenya
Lira District Disabled Women Association (LIDDWA) - Uganda
Rwanda Organization of Women with Disabilities (UNABU) - Rwanda
Women Challenged to Challenge (WCC) - Kenya
Disabled Women in Africa (DIWA) - Malawi
Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) - Nigeria
The country partners selected in 2018:
Union des Personnes Handicapées (UPHB) - Burundi
United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) with FIDA Kenya (Federation of Women Lawyers) - Kenya
KEnya FEmale ADvisory Organization (KEFEADO) with KADDNET - Kenya
Women and Realities of Disability Society (WARD) - Kenya
Organisation pour un développement intégré au Sahel (ODI Sahel) - Mali
Rwanda National Association of Deaf Women (RNADW) - Rwanda
Mubende Women With Disabilities Association (MUDIWA) - Uganda
National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU) - Uganda
One in five women is a woman living with a disability, yet very few policies are built to ensure and protect the rights of women with disabilities specifically. Although some policies entail inclusive measures, which deserve to be highlighted, this study sheds light on the huge lack of inclusion and equality of GBV policies.
Inclusion, intersectionality and diversity are at the centre of the conversation; policies should be inclusive, protecting those facing intersecting forms of discrimination. Women with disabilities are invisible in two-thirds of GBV policies: this review of 27 GBV policies across the African continent demonstrates that there is still a long way to go.
The Gender and Disability project specifically acknowledges the vulnerability of women and girls with disabilities to gender and disability-based violence and the lack of documented good practices on inclusive responses to address it. On this ground, the MIW Gender and Disability project seeks to increase the visibility of women and girls with disabilities within international development, human rights, gender and humanitarian action to ensure that their voices and concerns are heard on how to respond to violence, abuse and exploitation throughout the world.
Since 2017, we have been working with 17 organizations across Africa in Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, and Rwanda. These country partners were selected by our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), following a call for good practices. The TAC is made up of individual members and representatives from key organizations working on the rights of persons with disabilities, women's rights and human rights.
The Making It Work Gender and Disability project supports country partners to do evidence-based advocacy at all levels. They also receive technical and ad hoc financial support from the MIW team. Once a year, newly selected partners are gathered in Nairobi to analyze their good practices and design a scaling action plan.
Making It Work strenghtens the global advocacy effort in favour of women and girls with disabilities and reaffirms that their leadership is crucial to implement sustainable practices to fight gender-based violence.
Please refer to our News section to read the latest developments of the Making It Work Gender and Disability project.
Our 2018 report "Gender and disability intersectionality in practice: Women and girls with disabilities addressing discrimination and violence in Africa" presents the 9 African good practices selected in 2017 (see the list below). It also contains key advocacy recommendations that can be used by disability and/or gender advocates in order to further promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities.
The leaflet giving an overview of the report is also available in English (see below) and French
We hope readers will be inspired by the outstanding practices showcased in the report - let us know what you think about it!
You will find below documents developped by the MIW team over the past few years, including a 2019 update.
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