Disabled women face multiple levels of exclusion.
Too often they are excluded from basic services and political, economic and social life. Service providers either think disabled women are too difficult to help, or not worth helping.
For 18 months we’ve been supporting disabled women activists in Sudan to build their confidence and give them the skills to become active and effective campaigners for the good of the disability movement as a whole.
We support female disability activists to strengthen their organizations by training them in organisational skills, strategic planning, leadership and decision making, financial management, disability equality and fundraising and proposal writing.
How it works.
Our projects usually involve a combination of training, campaigning and awareness-raising activities. Here are three exciting examples of the many activities that are part of this project:
Training workshops. We support female disability activists to strengthen their organizations by training them in organisational skills, strategic planning, leadership and decision making, financial management, disability equality, fundraising and proposal writing.
Groundbreaking conference. The first ever 'Women with Disability' conference saw 120 participants address the issues of disabled women’s ‘double discrimination’ and begin discussions of how to end it.
TV documentaries. As part of a multimedia awareness-raising campaign, TV programmes and short films were broadcast, documenting the experiences of disabled women in the districts and ADD International’s role in the disability movement.
"My dreams have always been simple, just to meet my own requirements, to contribute to my family, and not to depend on others."
When Itidal was 13, she caught a rare disease which affected her legs. She withdrew from everyone and went to live alone. When disability activists came to visit her at home, it brought hope where there had been none.
Tayba has a hearing impairment. In Sudan, there is no government support for the deaf. Tayba found community and support through a local group of activists and now is earning the money to help contribute to her family.
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.