7th International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
Revolutionizing the status of women with disabilities around the world.
When: August 3 - 25, 2013
Where: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Bringing together women leaders with disabilities from around the world to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions, and build international networks of support for inclusive international development programming.
In 2013, 22 WILD women take part in our internationally recognized leadership program that over 170 women leaders with disabilities have participated in over the years.
This dynamic delegation come from the countries of: Bangladesh, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Zambia.
These women have demonstrated tremendous leadership and commitment towards increasing the opportunities and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in their communities. They are advocates, teachers, presidents of DPOs, consultants, and program officers in the areas of education, human rights, inclusion, health, gender equality and more.
Some of the delegates' goals for the program include:
“On my return to my country I will be able to empower deaf women in all that concern their rights. My new knowledge will have the advantage to strengthen the movement for the respect of the rights of Deaf women particularly and disabled women in general.” – Delegate who is Deaf from Africa
“The exposure to different countries’ context on women and girls with disabilities will be invaluable in my work. I envisage this programme will also give me insight into the changing ideas and practices of leadership. This programme will be a platform for me to learn new innovative theories and practices of leadership so I can lead in my country as a woman.” – Delegate with a physical disability from South Asia
The WILD program includes interactive workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women and girls with disabilities, including:
- Strategies for implementing national and international policies and legislation, including the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disability Policy
- Educational rights and opportunities including higher education, specialized and inclusive schools, policy and legal rights, services and accommodations for accessibility
- Health and family issues including parenting, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and violence prevention
- Using the media
- Strategies for leadership, including networking and coalition building
- Organizational development and sustainability, including funding resources and strategies, and fostering partnerships with community organizations and businesses
- Inclusive international development, including exchanging strategies for inclusion with representatives from U.S-based international development organizations and/or human rights organizations
- Cultural and team-building experiences, including living with a local host family
and action planning sessions, including plans for the transfer of
information from WILD to other women and girls with disabilities
The program also includes the Gender, Disability, and Development Institute where WILD delegates meet with representatives from international development agencies, and engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women and girls with disabilities in development projects throughout the world.
The WILD program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with technical support provided by the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance project. WILD is also supported in part by Mobility International USA and the generous sponsorship of local businesses and families in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, USA.