Women Enabled International (WEI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI increases international attention to—and strengthens international human rights standards on—issues such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to justice, education, legal capacity, and humanitarian emergencies.
Today leaving no one behind is not only a reference to marginalized communities such as persons with disabilities, but the need for the disability rights community to better include marginalized persons with disabilities.
Disability Rights Fund (DRF)
Supporting inclusive movements: Funding the rights of women with disabilities
Leading advocates and women’s rights donors agree that much more can and needs to be done to include women with disabilities in women’s rights activism, agenda setting, and funding. This brief explores funding at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights and offers steps donors can take to ensure that their grantmaking is more inclusive of women with disabilities and to support this emerging movement.
In September of last year, thousands of women gathered in Bahia, Brazil for AWID’s women’s rights Forum to celebrate the collective power of women and the importance of intersectionality. Due to a concerted effort by passionate activists, donors, and AWID, for the first time women with disabilities were visible participants in this important global conference, demonstrating their power and rightful place within the women’s rights movement.
Disability Rights Fund
Beyond Charity: A Donor’s Guide to Inclusion
This useful and easy-to-read guide supports donors to address disability from a human rights perspective, in particular by supporting representative organizations of persons with disabilities or disabled persons organizations (DPOs).
As Sonya Renee’s poetic words washed over a room of women at the 13th International AWID Forum in Bahia, Brazil, I let out a breath I didn’t know I had been holding.
“Working to improve our own future”: Strengthening Networks of Women with Disabilities
The Strengthening Networks of Women with Disabilities on Humanitarian Issues project supports women with disabilities to advocate and take leadership on humanitarian issues at national, regional and global levels.
As part of the AWID Forum process, AWID, CREA, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), and RESURJ held a second webinar on Bodily Integrity and Freedoms, a conversation between Disability, Intersex and Trans Activists. The aim of this second session was to bring together perspectives from within different movements to strengthen the work we do across them.