We naturally work with a gender lens. Empowerment of women is integral to who we are and what we do. MIUSA's women's programs support the implementation of Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which promotes the full development, advancement, and empowerment of women with disabilities.
You can join us by taking action to empower women and girls globally. Read 5 Ways below or click on the Table of Contents (top right) for more.
1. Host our Brilliant and Resilient Photo Exhibition
This photo exhibit and book project recognizes the leadership and outstanding accomplishments of disabled women activists from around the world through professional photographs WILD women representing 41 countries. Visit Brilliant and Resilient Photography Book & Exhibit to learn more about how to order this book and this international exhibition and hosting opportunities.
2. Share our Make a Change! A Call to Action from Women with Disabilities video
Filmed during MIUSA's 2013 Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI), 21 women with disabilities urge the international development community to recognize and utilize their expertise as consultants, advisors and leaders. For too long, women and girls with disabilities have been excluded from critical development programs such as education, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention, health services, and political processes. Yet, the resources and expertise to address these challenges are available. View the Make a Change! Call to Action.
3. Learn more about the priorities of women with disabilities.
The Creating a World As It Should Be®: The Power of Disabled Women Activists video documents the power of disabled women activists in their quest to be included in international development programs. Sharing strategies across borders, this powerful, uplifting and invigorating documentary portrays activists who are paving the way for women and girls in their own countries to achieve their human rights. View Creating a World as It Should Be® Available in English, Spanish and Arabic.
4. Sign-up to receive the MIUSA Global Impact E-news.
Be notified when applications are announced for our popular Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program.
5. Share your story about how you are making a difference for women and girls with disabilities.
About the Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
Our signature women’s program is the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). WILD brings together new and emerging grassroots women leaders with disabilities from around the world to build skills, exchange experiences and strategies, create new visions and strengthen international networks of support.
The contributions of the extraordinary women of the WILD program not only improve the lives of women and girls with disabilities in their home countries, they also play a critical role in combating discrimination, promoting inclusion, and defending human rights the world over.
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
One key component of the WILD program is the Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI). At GDDI, MIUSA brings together WILD delegates and representatives from major international development agencies for a four-day retreat.