Sixteen women with disabilities from China, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka will be selected to participate in an eight-day WILD program (May 23–30, 2018) in Sri Lanka to 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.
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 call for applications for the Regional WILD - Asia program is now open!
WHO CAN APPLY: ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for WILD, you MUST be a:
- WOMAN WITH A DISABILITY
- Citizen and resident of:
- Sri Lanka
- Established leader and/or professional who is:
- At least 21 years of age and older
- NOT an alumna of previous MIUSA exchange program
- User of at least ONE of the following languages:
- Sign Language (Any local, regional, national or international sign language)
WHO CAN APPLY: QUALIFICATIONS
To qualify for WILD, you must demonstrate:
- Personal experience with disability, an understanding of issues, and a commitment to working for the rights of women and girls with disabilities
- Membership in an organization led by and for people with disabilities, or by and for women, with particular attention to issues of women and girls with disabilities; or civil society or other organizations committed to the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities
- Commitment to and capacity for increasing leadership opportunities of women with disabilities in the community and/or country
- Commitment to and capacity for increasing the participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs
- Commitment and capacity to complete the following activities over a one year period (from March 2018 – March 2019):
- Establish and develop relationships with committed organizations in your community prior to the training. This includes one organization which you will represent and at least one community partner organization.
- Participate in an eight-day WILD program in Colombo, Sri Lanka held May 23 – May 30, 2018.
- Design and implement a leadership workshop for women with disabilities using the WILD model within five months after the May WILD training.
- Complete required monitoring and evaluation activities, including timely submission of monitoring and evaluation reports to MIUSA.
- Share lessons learned and challenges with MIUSA and other stakeholders.
MIUSA will strive for diversity of country, age, ethnic background, and types of disability in final selection of qualified participants. Applicants meeting the following criteria are especially encouraged to apply:
- From rural communities
- Members of indigenous groups
The WILD program will include interactive workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women and girls with disabilities which may include:
- 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 gender-based violence prevention
- Strategies for leadership, including networking, coalition building, and fostering partnerships with other community organizations
- Inclusive international development, including exchanging strategies for inclusion with representatives from international development organizations and/or human rights organizations
- Goals and action planning sessions, including plans for the transfer of information from WILD to other women and girls with disabilities
LODGING, MEALS AND TRANSPORTATION
- Delegates will stay in a hotel for the program
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day. All supplemental meals, snacks, or personal incidentals will be at the expense of each delegate.
- Accessible public transportation will be provided.
Note: Please do not expect “luxury” accommodations, meals, or transportation.
- The official languages of the WILD program are English, Mandarin and Sign Language
- Spoken and sign language interpretation will be provided during formal program activities, workshops, discussions and site visits only.
- MIUSA uses a team of professional interpreters who are experienced and skilled at providing interpretation for international groups and individuals who use different sign languages.
Accepted participants will be responsible for:
- $50 USD program fee. NOTE: There is no fee to apply for the program. Scholarships will be available based on financial need.
- Personal incidentals, including laundry at the hotel, batteries, soap, toothpaste, international calling cards and mobile SIM cards
- Supplemental meals, snacks and beverage.
- Costs related to obtaining a current, valid passport
MIUSA will provide:
- Documentation to support applications for a Sri Lankan visa
- Reimbursement for Sri Lanka visa fee and other costs related to obtaining a visa
- Roundtrip airplane tickets in economy class for participants to travel from home countries to Colombo, Sri Lanka, including reimbursement for travel costs to and from airport in the home country
- All main meals, lodging, program activities and accessible transportation during the WILD program
- Spoken and sign language interpretation during formal program activities, workshops, discussion and site visits
- Disability-related accommodations, including sign language interpreters, travel costs for personal assistants, etc.
HOW TO APPLY:
1. Apply Early!
We receive a large number of applications. Apply early to allow sufficient time for the selection process, and for obtaining a visa, if you are selected.
2. Complete ALL SECTIONS of the WILD 2018 Participant application, which includes:
- Section 1: Applicant Information
- Section 2: Disability Information
- Section 3: Professional Information
- Section 4: Essay Questions
3. Ensure two reference persons complete recommendations forms.
Two recommendation forms are required to complete the 2018 Regional WILD - Asia application process. These MUST be completed by two people familiar with the applicant’s work and qualities as a leader. Family members cannot complete recommendations. Suggested references include employers, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations (i.e. a women’s group, disabled people’s organization, community based organization, education, social services, etc.).
These references will be sent directly to MIUSA, please make sure your recommender sends them to us by February 5, 2018.
4. Ensure your completed application is submitted by February 5, 2018.
Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. Please make sure ALL sections are completed and submitted to MIUSA by the deadline.
5. Application review and response
- MIUSA will review all completed applications
- Applications in English are strongly preferred
- Applications submitted in Chinese will result in a slower review process
- MIUSA will notify ALL applicants by March 15, 2018 via email about the status of their application
There are two options for completing the WILD 2018 Application and Recommendation forms:
1. Complete the 2018 Regional WILD – Asia Online Application Form and the Online Recommendation Form. Applications and recommendations completed online are strongly preferred. If you prefer to complete your application online, visit:
2. Download and complete the printable word version of the application form and the recommendation form in the documents section. Word versions of application and recommendations must be submitted either by email to email@example.com or by fax to +1-541-343-6812.
DEADLINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Learn more about the impact of the WILD program.
The Regional WILD program is supported by the Open Society Foundations, Channel Foundation and MIUSA's Women's Leadership fund.