“Infiltration strategy” for women and girls with disabilities
- MIUSA - Mobility International USA
- Country of Implementation
- United States of America
- North America
- First published
“WILD has succeeded in raising strong and dynamic women who are assertive enough to engage their community leaders to promote the issues of women and girls with disabilities in their countries. I am such an example; my level of confidence has tripled since WILD.” Ekaete UMOH, WILD alumna from Nigeria
Founded in 1981, MIUSA is a disability-led non-profit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, working to advance the rights of people with disabilities globally. By implementing innovative programs, MIUSA is building bridges to create a new era in which people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. Women with disabilities are one of the most marginalized, under-served populations in the world, yet they offer tremendous potential for leadership and the ability to transform communities.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Creating a unique space for rights-based leadership training specifically for women and girls with disabilities. This is a place to gain confidence and pride, and to build the skills needed to be a force for change. Promoting the strategy of infiltration for both disabled women activists and international development organizations. Disabled women activists must proactively become involved in existing mainstream development programs. International development organizations and women leaders with disabilities must build partnerships to make such inclusion sustainable.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
Utilizing these strategies, disabled women activists and the development community can break the strong links between poverty and disability – championing the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities as beneficiaries and leaders in the many life-enhancing and life-saving development programs that are changing their communities.