The 8th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) will bring together 20 women leaders with disabilities from 20 different countries to Eugene, Oregon, USA from July 30th - August 21st, 2016. This intensive leadership training program serves to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions and build international networks of support for women with disabilities.
Women with disabilities who are selected for the WILD program demonstrate leadership potential. WILD is an investment in that potential which will “trampoline” them to the next level. Embracing the “Loud, Proud and Passionate®” theme, WILD women will move forward in their personal and professional roles as community, national and world leaders.
Delegates will represent Armenia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, and Vanuatu. These activists, representing diverse disabilities, bring expertise in fields such as law, policy, business, human rights, youth empowerment, education, health, media, HIV/AIDS, and violence prevention.
Through a series of intensive seminars and site visits, delegates will focus on accessing reproductive health and gender-based violence prevention, using the media, implementing policy and legislation, networking with international allies, and improving employment and educational opportunities. Delegates will also participate in team building activities such as an outdoor challenge course and river rafting, and learn about U.S. culture by staying with local families.
Building a pipeline of women leaders with disabilities is crucial for reaching development goals, such as alleviating poverty, achieving gender equality and accessing justice. The 20 women selected for WILD 2016 will join a cadre of over 200 WILD alumni around the world who are already playing a critical role in contributing to the development of their communities. Beyond the training, the WILD 2016 alumni will scale up the WILD program by replicating trainings for other women and girls in their communities, reaching an additional 400 women with disabilities.
We have raised the majority of the funding we need for WILD 2016, but we need that final push to bring us to our fundraising goal to make the program happen. We can't do this without you! Be Loud, Proud and Passionate!® Join us as we GO WILD!
Eugene, Oregon, USA