“We should not wait for what people will do for us, but we should try to create impact and make our contributions felt in society.”
– WILD-Uganda participant
"WILD has succeeded in raising strong and dynamic women who are assertive enough to engage their community leaders to promote the issues of women and girls with disabilities in their countries. I am such an example; my level of confidence has tripled since WILD."
- Ekaete Umoh, WILD Alumna from Nigeria
To date more than 220 women with disabilities from over 83 countries have participated in MIUSA's International WILD program.
WILD alumni from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America convened for the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) Training-of-Trainers Program, on June 18 - 30, 2015. WILD alumni used MIUSA’s new WILD Facilitator’s Guide to sharpen training skills, learned cross-disability access strategies, and applied the WILD principles of empowerment, inclusion and pride to training activities.
Training graduates received small grants from MIUSA and partnered with local organizations to extend the WILD leadership training experience to 400 disabled women and girls in 19 countries.
Fourteen young women with disabilities from the San Francisco Bay Area convened for an intensive, two-day training. The training was designed to increase leadership skills and disability pride, as well as explore opportunities to launch an international career. Following the training, MIUSA is providing stipends for graduates to multiply the impact of the workshop by conducting one two-hour session for other girls and women (with and without disabilities) in their communities.
WILD is a highly selective, intensive three-week training that brings together women with disabilities from around the world. The training is held in Eugene, Oregon, a model city that embraces human rights, diversity and inclusion. 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.
Disabled women throughout the world are leaders -- as elected government officials, executive directors of NGOs, CEOs, artists, activists, mothers, daughters, and sisters.
On March 8th, International Women's Day, we honor all the disabled women activists and their allies throughout the world. We especially want to thank our 220 Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) alumni from over 83 countries and our alumni who have led their own WILD trainings in their communities.
On February 25, 2015, Mobility International USA received an innovative practice award from the Zero Project at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, for its signature women's leadership training, the Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). WILD was recognized as one of 39 "Innovative Practices" for 2015 at the international summit which was attended by more than 400 experts in the field of disability rights and inclusion from over 50 countries.
The 8th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) brought 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 served to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions and build international networks of support for women with disabilities.
The @america center, a cutting-edge cultural center in Jakarta, Indonesia that showcases U.S. culture and experiences through performances, discussions, and exhibitions, will host the Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays throughout September 2015.
I was the only child in my Mongolian elementary school who was losing her hearing. At first I was considered disruptive and someone who should be sent home, but gradually my teachers realized I could study just as well as my classmates. Today, if I compare myself to them, I’m living better than most.
I was born with a visual disability and became totally blind by the age of 28. Over the course of my life I developed a strong desire to contribute to my country and strengthen the disability movement in Peru.
After returning home from WILD, I was very inspired and empowered to do many things. Being in contact with women with disabilities from other countries, who have rich and varied experiences, gave me new energy and motivated me to achieve my dreams.
My life was full of obstacles, difficulties, disappointments and stress as I was born with cerebral palsy in Armenia. However, due to my great willpower, industriousness, and optimistic character I have been very successful in my life.
Before I participated in the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability in the U.S., I was very shy. I had never traveled alone. After I returned to Armenia from WILD, I wanted to change everything. As that desire grew and thanks to a grant from the Global Fund for Women, I took the first steps to found my own organization.
I was born in Cambodia and contracted Polio at nine months old. Even at a young age I dreamt of becoming a leader for people with disabilities, traveling to different countries, and living independently.
In Nigeria, my culture places so much emphasis on the physical beauty of girls and women. As a polio survivor, I know that this notion causes most women and girls with disabilities to perceive their bodies as being unattractive and unacceptable. In turn, women and girls with disabilities treat their bodies with less value, which of course has serious implications for their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
All profits will support Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA) Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), our signature women’s leadership training program. This highly selective, intensive three-week training brings together women with disabilities from around the world to share their experiences and strategies, build skills, and strengthen networks of support.
We have raised the majority of the funding we need for WILD 2016. This t-shirt campaign is the final push that will bring us to our fundraising goal!