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Gender, Disability and Development Institute in Sri Lanka


Global leaders will engage in dialogue about including women and girls with disabilities in development and humanitarian projects around the world.

The next Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI) will bring¬†together senior-level development professionals with disabled women leaders from China, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, all delegates of MIUSA’s first¬†Regional WILD-Asia program. Join us for this unique opportunity to engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women with disabilities in development projects throughout the region.

“Inclusion and accessibility will now be a part of the organizational conversation at many levels. GDDI gave me the knowledge and connections to lobby my organization’s leadership to focus on inclusion.” – participant from Women’s Campaign International


Participants of GDDI are:

  • international development leaders in decision-making roles who have the ability to make lasting change in their sphere of influence;
  • working in a variety of countries and development issues, including but not limited to civil society, youth, education, economic development, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, emergency response, and gender-based violence prevention;
  • passionate about reaching underserved populations; and
  • eager to build their capacity to reach women and girls with disabilities in developing countries, who are among the most marginalized.

Convening¬†on May 28, 2018, the Institute¬†includes a full day of workshops with a special¬†evening reception event featuring MIUSA’s¬†Brilliant & Resilient photo exhibition. Through a variety of inclusive development workshops, topical¬†break-out sessions, and networking activities, participants engage with 16 disabled women leaders who represent disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), NGOs, or government agencies in their countries. In addition, we have also been able to connect GDDI participants with our other 220+ alumni from over 80 countries.

The one-day Institute will take place at an oceanside hotel in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation in Colombo. Buffet lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments will be provided throughout. This event is wheelchair accessible and sign language interpreted.

Agenda (tentative)

9:00 Р11:00am Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introductions

11:00am – 1:00pm Plenary session

1:00 – 2:00pm Networking lunch

2:00 – 3:00pm Topical breakout sessions

3:00 Р4:00pm  Closing plenary

4:00 Р4:30pm  Action planning session

4:30pm – 6:30pm Brilliant & Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists Photo Exhibition

Registration Information

Please register early, as space is limited!

  • Deadline for $150 regular rate: May 15, 2018

This Institute is by invitation only. If you have received an invitation from MIUSA, please register online or use the form below.

  1. Register online here!
  2. Submit your registration fee through PayPal.

For questions, contact Suz Dunn at sdunn(at) or (541) 343-1284 ext. 17.

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The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.

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