The Amplifying Voices of Women with Disabilities in Kenya is a three-year project being implemented by the United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) in six counties namely Homa Bay, Kakamega, Laikipia, Meru, Mombasa and Taita Taveta. Evidence exists to show that women and girls with disabilities face barriers in most areas of life. In its general comment on women and girls with disabilities, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) notes that these barriers create situations of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls with disabilities, in particular with regard to: equal access to education, economic opportunities, social interaction and justice; equal recognition before the law; and the ability to participate in politics and to exercise control over their own lives across a range of contexts.
- Enhancing the capacity of women with disabilities and their organizations to lobby and perform social accountability oversight role.
- Strengthening external linkages for effective lobby and advocacy with women movements and improved uptake of issues of women with disabilities by duty bearers.
Strengthening external linkages for effective lobby and advocacy with women movements
- Action plans to link women with disabilities to mainstream women rights movement developed and implemented.
- County officials and policy makers at the county and national levels aware of the rights of women and girls with disabilities and incorporated in performance contracts
- Network of support established between women with disability and county/national level public officers in target counties and at national level
- Rights of women with disabilities are mainstreamed and institutionalized within county and national structures
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Enhancing the capacity of women with disabilities and their organizations
- ward and sub-county level organizations formed and strengthened by formal and informal peer groups of WwDs and supported to form county level federation linked to the UDPK’s Women Wing.
- 6,000 women with disabilities, their families and care givers in the targeted areas participate in disability, women rights, public participation and social accountability trainings
- Grants are provided to women with disabilities in each county through their peer groups and federations to carry out lobby and advocacy as well as social accountability and oversight activities at all levels of local governance.
- Elected/appointed leaders/officers at the county and national levels who represent persons with disabilities trained and supported on gender, disability and equality rights.
- Set up a mentorship programme consisting of mentors to support appointed and elected representatives of persons with disabilities beyond trainings and conduct study tours.
- Increased number of women with disabilities accessing public services at the county and national levels
- County governments have more regulatory frameworks, policies and programs both in paper and practice