Gender and Disability Project

About the project

Group members of UNABU Rwanda, Nov2017

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 9 organizations across Africa in Cameroon, Kenya (3), Malawi (2), 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. In 2018, following the same selection process, 8 new partnerships have been established in Burundi, Kenya (3), Mali, Rwanda and Uganda (2).

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.

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The Making It Work Country Partners

All African good practice holders and MIW team in nairobi, March 2018

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

Gender and Disability Intersectionality in Practice!

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!

Group photo of the participants of the third making it work gender and disability forum in Nairobi 2019