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Supporting Disability Activists in Uganda.

Uganda is recovering from decades of conflict.

Uganda is one of the most densely populated countries in Sub Saharan Africa with 80% of its population living in rural areas. Northern Uganda is still recovering from decades of violent unrest, which forced up to 1.7 million people to flee their homes.

In 1995, ADD International began working in Uganda with the single aim of ending the exclusion, poverty and discrimination faced by people with disabilities.

We started by connecting local disabled people with each other, helping them to form their own activist groups. We then provided lobbying and advocacy training so they could campaign for inclusion in development programmes. We empowered them to talk to their communities about disability and confront cultural stigma.

Over the years, ADD International in Uganda has played an instrumental role in promoting the inclusion of disability in the work of other international organisations by providing disability awareness training and mentoring.

KEY ISSUES WE WORK ON

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Protecting disabled women

We partner with disability activists to develop programmes to end gender-based violence against women with disabilities.

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Employment

We work to create job opportunities for disabled people and to encourage employers to include more disabled people in their workforce.

Albinism

We support albinism activists to organise together to raise awareness, challenge stigma and fight deadly myths about the condition.

Tackling deadly myths.

People with albinism have been hidden away, hunted and even killed for their body parts in areas of eastern Uganda. Read how we partnered with disability activists to tackle this.

Meet the Activists

Elizabeth, Uganda

Elizabeth, Uganda

Ignored by her family, Elizabeth was bullied and beaten at school and abused by her neighbours for her disability. Her husband later abandoned her and she was the victim of an attempted kidnapping plot to trade her body parts. Read how she turned her life around through her activism and resilience.

Peter, Uganda

Peter, Uganda

Frontline Activist

Peter is an albinism activist in Uganda where there are still many myths attached to albinism, including that persons with albinism are cursed, are punishments from the gods, are ghosts, have supernatural powers, or do not die.

Rebecca, Uganda

Rebecca, Uganda

Rebecca was shunned by her community because they didn't understand what albinism is. They called her names and thought she wasn't human. Read how the work of disability activists has helped change the stigma in her town.

Alan, Disability Activist, Uganda

Alan, Disability Activist, Uganda.

Before I was deaf, I was loved. When I became deaf I became mistreated. My mother used witchcraft to cure me, my brothers said I’m mentally retarded. When they start stigmatising you and everyone says you’re useless, you start to feel that you are useless and so you start isolating yourself.

I have the right to live as a human being in the world. I was born free. I know my rights.

Let's build movements together.

Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.