Changing the Face of Women’s Rights in Pakistan

A women who is blind wears a head-scarf and sunglasses and sits next to another women to communicate with their hands using tactile sign language.
Two MIUSA alumni use tactile sign language.
This one-way professional exchange program builds the leadership capacity of women with and without disabilities.
May 7, 2014 - May 22, 2014

The work of women with disabilities within Pakistan has been gaining momentum.  Women leaders with disabilities are lending their voice to ensure girls with disabilities are being included in educational programs. To ensure medical clinics are accessible to all women. To ensure disaster relief planning and relief includes the vital needs of women with disabilities.

The efforts of women with disabilities can gain even more momentum if their issues are seen as interlinked and central to the women’s rights movement.

Women’s rights in South Asia have been the growing focus of human rights groups, international organizations, and the media. Protests and campaigns combatting violence against women have erupted in India and Pakistan, grabbing headlines.

The voices of women with disabilities voices need to be heard as part of these emerging discussions.

In partnership with MIUSA, national women with disabilities' organizations are addressing the critical connections that are being missed between women with disabilities and women’s rights organizations in Pakistan.

Bringing together women leaders with and without disabilities from Pakistan, MIUSA facilitates 16 days of activities in Eugene, Oregon that address the critical need to bridge issues, find common ground and build community. This gathering is both a model for how inclusion of women of disabilities in the broader women’s movement can work, and a motivation to replicate it more broadly in Pakistan.

Learn more about our program and delegates in Women Leaders from Pakistan Travel to Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Event location: 

Eugene, Oregon, USA