Whether conducted by MIW or some of the women-led organizations we partner with, advocacy initiatives are slowly but surely upholding the rights of women with disabilities.
Bringing the gender perspective in the disability rights initiatives, as well as pushing for disability to be one of the discrimination factor taken into account in intersectional feminism: Women with disabilities are acting!
Find in this page some key resources and initiatives. Get inspired, use them, and get in touch if we can support. firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabled Women in Africa DIWA Malawi was invited at the sitting of the Committee on Genger, Family, Youth and People with Disability Affairs of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) on 25th of August, 2022.
Ruth Mkutumula, Country Director, delivered a powerful speech, this presentation being "an excellent opportunity to meaningfully promote and campaign for ratification and domestication of the African Disability Protocol and domestication of the PAP Model Law on Disability."
Following one of DIWA's recommendation, the PAP Committee announced the set up a “vital subcommittee” that is tasked with advancing advocacy strategy for the promotion of ratification of the Protocol and Domestication of the African Model Law on Disability". A major achievement where DIWA's action has been instrumental.
See at this link the Press Release of the Pan African Parliament.
Read the full text in accessible PDF hereafter.
In Africa, the gender legal framework does not sufficiently include women and girls with diverse identities. The new Protocol to the Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is ground-breaking: it offers a unique intersectional approach, it is a localized and progressive tool to uphold the rights of women and girls with disabilities.
Discover the Advocacy Tools we have developed to help you advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Use this Protocol to avance rights of women and girls in your country, call for ratification, demand new provisions to ensure women and girls with disabilities are better included, protected, heard!
Making It Work united with COVAW, FIDA-Kenya and UDPK to elaborate those 2 advocacy tools: the Protocol seen with a gender lens, the Protocol seen with an age lens.
Special thanks to Rebecca Andrews from Washington University, Seattle, USA.
These gender-focused advocacy tools (2 and 4 pages) will help you advocate and communicate around the new AU Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Learn and articulate how the Protocol is ground-breaking!
1 - Women with Disabilities are Uniquely Prioritized
2- Fighting Against Discrimination by Association
3- Protection from Harmful Practices
4 - Progressive Disability Inclusive Gender Perspectives
5 - Unprecedented Protection of Girls with Disabilities
You will find below the Gender focused advocacy tool (2 pages) along with 2 pages of more explanations to help you with in-depth advocacy - in the short 2 pages version or in the full 4 pages version.
This 4-pages advocacy tool will help you advocate and communicate around the new AU Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Learn and articulate how the Protocol is ground-breaking!
1- Defending the Rights of African Children with Disabilities of the 21st Century
2- No Longer Ignored: Youth with Disabilities
3- Protecting the Growing Populations of Older Persons
You will find below the advocacy tool (2 pages) along with 2 pages of more explanations to help you with in-depth advocacy - in the short 2 pages version or in the full 4 pages version.
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