With the COVID pandemic affecting everyone's lives around the world, MIUSA convened two calls to hear from women leaders with disabilities who attended our Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) and who represent 89 countries globally.
Disrupting the status quo, through peaceful, collective actions that make some people uncomfortable, some angry, and some strengthened by finally being heard, is how institutional change often happens in the U.S.A. We know this, in part, through our personal and professional participation in the disability rights movement. At this moment in the U.S., we are experiencing an uprising, a boiling over of outrage over the recent, racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery as well as countless others throughout the history of this country. CONTINUE READING
MAKING WOMEN STRONGER
For more than 30 years, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) has empowered people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. With MIUSA’s network of 2,300 alumni from 135 countries, we are advancing the rights and leadership of people with disabilities globally.
Visit the OPB website here to play the audio recording. The transcript of the conversation, which was edited for length and clarity and originally appeared on the OPB website, has been copied below. Special thank you to Allison Frost for providing this transcript.
In Spring term of 2020, both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Global Perspectives on Disability, the interdisciplinary course led by MIUSA, offered through the International Studies department. Students were introduced to the history and development of disability rights movements across the world, key international laws and policies used to advance disability rights, and the importance of utilizing a human rights perspective.
Dear MIUSA alumni and MIUSA supporters across the world,
I wanted to reach out to all of you to let you know that we at MIUSA are thinking of you and your families during these complex and challenging times.
We hope that things will be better soon, so we can continue all of our plans to work towards disability justice across the world.
As we all know, no one knows how long this situation will last. We realize that many of us are on the "high risk" category due to our age and/or disability and encourage all of us to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus.
On this day, we celebrate the hundreds of delegates from 89 countries who have participated in MIUSA’s Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD).
Last summer, MIUSA hosted the 9th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), which brought 22 women leaders with disabilities from 22 different countries to Eugene, Oregon.
We want your help to spread the message to more people with disabilities about access to all types of international exchange programs, such as studying and volunteering abroad! The "externships" is a project to be conducted virtually. All you have to do is share your interest for inclusion with the NCDE by submitting your proposal and if your idea is chosen, you conduct the activity and will get a $500 honorarium.
The mission of Leading for Independent Living is to empower people with disabilities in Armenia to live independently, advocate for their rights, and participate fully in their communities. Achieving inclusive communities in Armenia requires a critical mass of people with disabilities who are informed about their rights and empowered to claim them. Individuals with disabilities must have access to resources for education, employment, health care, and to peers and mentors who model rights-bearing attitudes.
People employed in fields such as international exchange, foreign affairs, and international development are shaping the world, from building schools to promoting peace and intercultural understanding among nations. Now imagine if more people with disabilities filled these positions. Would the world they shape be more inclusive, accessible and just?