Silence isn't golden, it's deadly.

It's deadly.

Teddy is one of our ADD heroes, delivering support to disabled women across the Gulu region in Uganda. Growing up with a disability herself, Teddy knows how hard it can be to speak up. Here she gives us her first hand account.

You can also learn more about the Gender Based Violence project by meeting Dorothy, the project manager

14.10.2015 by Tasha Knight
From the field
Teddy against a wall in the office of the Disabled People's Organisation she chairs

"When you reach a family with a disabled child, the parents say, “we have 4 children and 1 disabled.” The disabled child is not part of the family, they are an unfortunate addition.

I got my disability by stepping on poison when I was 16. My parents told me I couldn’t go to school anymore, they were ashamed." 

Living in fear

"I was scared that I would be killed like other disabled children. Many are thrown into the water when they are born.

When I married my first husband, his family shunned me. They would ask, “why would you want to marry a disabled girl?”.

I was severely abused. It began affecting my mind, my health. My sister was killed by her husband, this is not uncommon here."

Enough is enough

A photo of teddy's profile

Teddy joined a women's self help group funded and supported by ADD. 

"Since joining the group I have been able to help more disabled women understand that they have rights. Disabled women are at the highest risk of abuse. If you are blind, you can’t see the man who is attacking you. 

Being mistreated brought us together, but uniting is what makes our voices heard."

"We have lost many disabled women because of this.

But with every woman that we come into contact with, we are able to spread the message that we have rights, that we deserve respect and that we will speak up if you hurt us."

Knowledge is power

This saying has so much meaning to us here at ADD, especially when we see it working. We are so pleased to see more women like Teddy understanding that they have rights, and helping other women to understand this.

Teddy’s strength in the face of a life full of such pain and neglect is astonishing. Her smile is like a sign of pure defiance to those who have wronged her in the past. We can think of no better lady to help other women realise their own strength and ability to change their lives for the better.

You can also learn more about the Gender Based Violence project by meeting Dorothy, the project manager