Women's rights.

What rights?

Poverty. Disability. Violence. Any of these would be difficult to live with. For millions of girls and women throughout Africa and Asia, all three are a daily reality.

Double Disadvantage

Disabled women are doubly discriminated against for both their gender and their disability, and are often seen as a burden by their families and communities.

Physical, verbal and sexual abuse.

Women and girls with disabilities are twice as likely to suffer verbal and physical abuse and are more vulnerable to violence.

Deep rooted discrimination.

Women with disabilities are excluded from basic services, such as health care and education, and denied security, dignity and even equal treatment before the law. 

Supporting disabled women and girls fighting for their rights.

ADD Internatinonal is supporting disability activists to empower disabled women to challenge the status quo, the barriers and preconceptions. Eventually, they become advocates for equality in their own families, communities and wider society.

Empowering women.

Disability activists promote education and economic empowerment so that women with disabilities can become engaged and valued members of their communities. 

Providing training.

Disability activists train women with disabilities on personal safety measures including knowing and asserting their rights and legal provisions. They also train local service providers within the community such as police and health centres.

Building networks.

ADD International connects disability activists to provide peer support and form women’s disability groups. 

Pushpa looking at the camera.

Pushpa is a woman and disabled.

After a lifetime of feeling dependent, she's now found her voice.

Transforming lives.

At ADD we work with disabled women who have been tortured, abused and shut out, to overcome the barriers placed in their way.

A portrait of Becky, who has albinism, standing proudly

Growing up in hidingBecky's Story

When we're young, there’s nothing more important than hanging out with friends. But as a teenager Becky went into hiding, for fear of being kidnapped and even killed, simply for being born with albinism.

Teddy, smiling

Silence isn't golden.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.

Margaret smiling, Dick looking at the radio

Last night a DJ saved my lifeMargaret's story

When Margaret was ready to end it all, listening to the radio one evening changed her life forever. Read more about her remarkable story.

Fighting for justiceMoyna's story

Just three months their wedding her husband abandoned her and took all her money. Leaving Moyna alone, pregnant and penniless.

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