The first Regional WILD program will bring together women leaders with disabilities from China, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka for an eight-day training in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
May 23, 2018 - May 30, 2018
Sixteen women with disabilities from China, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka will be selected to participate in an eight-day Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Delegates will exchange experiences, explore strategies, strengthen a regional network of support, and create collaborative plans to promote inclusion of women with disabilities in community development efforts.
As part of the training, a one-day Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI) will convene representatives from development, social justice and philanthropic organizations with WILD participants in dialogues and action planning to ensure participation of women with disabilities in the development process.
In addition, the regional WILD training will feature the launch of MIUSA's Brilliant & Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists photo exhibit. The international traveling exhibit features portraits and vignettes of 30 women activists with disabilities from around the world. The exhibition event will also be a space to promote networking and partnerships between women leaders with disabilities and human rights, development, and government agencies.
Following the training, regional WILD participants will receive small grants to support implementation of WILD workshops for other women and girls with disabilities in their communities.
The Regional WILD program is supported by Channel Foundation and MIUSA's Women's Leadership fund.
Colombo, Sri Lanka