5th International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) Program
Eugene, Oregon. August 7-29, 2010. The WILD program brought together 29 women leaders with disabilities from around the world to explore challenges and exchange strategies for increasing leadership opportunities and employment of women and girls with disabilities internationally. The 2010 WILD program was sponsored by the Walmart Foundation and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Missions.
Loud, Proud and Passionate Group
The 29 WILD participants were joined by 25 alumni from past WILD programs and international development professionals for the Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI), a five-day retreat designed to facilitate solutions and create collaborative plans to promote inclusion of women with disabilities in development programs.
Olivia Nakato, WILD delegate from Uganda, shares her perspective on the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in her country. Photo courtesy of Darcy Kiefel: www.kiefelphotography.com
River Rafting Trip
The WILD delegation prepares for a river rafting adventure on the McKenzie River in Oregon.
Eugene Celebration Parade
Holding signs that represent their home countries, the women participate in a community parade in celebration of their work and participation in the WILD program.
Four WILD participants sit in a circle to have an in-depth discussion with a U.S. professional.
A WILD participant (left) practices her interview skills during a media workshop.
Delegates use the public bus system in Eugene, Oregon, which is 100% accessible for passengers with disabilities. A woman using a wheelchair gets off the bus using the bus ramp.