For international development organizations committed to applying a disability and gender lens to their life-changing work, there are no better experts than disabled women leaders!
That’s the underlying principle of a new project MIUSA is collaborating on with the National Democratic Institute. Through the project, MIUSA has identified local disabled women in four countries – Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, and Zambia – to serve as consultants on Gender, Disability Inclusion and Access. Together, these consultants and NDI staff in each project country are engaging with leading disability rights organizations and development organizations to devise strategies for advancing inclusive COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
Among the consultants are three alumni of MIUSA’s Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (Julien Mwape, Zambia; Scader Louis, Malawi; and Hellen Beyioku-Alase, Nigeria) as well as another respected woman leader with a disability (Jane Waithera, Kenya). Stay tuned to learn more about these consultants’ efforts in their respective countries in the coming months!
Above photo: Gender, Disability Inclusion and Access Consultant Hellen Beyioku-Alase (front row, second from left) visits with staff at the National Democratic Institute office in Nigeria, while Nigerian sign language interpreters facilitate communication access.