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Empowering women with disabilities in Addis Ababa

Women living with disabilities in Addis Ababa face discrimination, stigma and marginalization in every area of their lives. By documenting their experiences and raising awareness of the barriers they face, this project will help the inclusion of women with disabilities in wider Ethiopian society.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (328206)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£18,930

Amount raised

£38,148

Donations

180

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • "If I didn‚Äôt come here I would be feeling sad or I wouldn‚Äôt even be alive."

    — Abeba Bacha

  • "There is discrimination. There are many people who have not accepted disabilities."

    — Kedeja Sherif

  • "I thought my disability was a curse."

    — Zerfe

  • "If I didn’t come here I would be feeling sad or I wouldn’t even be alive."

    — Abeba Bacha

  • "There is discrimination. There are many people who have not accepted disabilities."

    — Kedeja Sherif

  • "I thought my disability was a curse."

    — Zerfe

Situation

Women in Ethiopia are discriminated in every area of their lives. Women with disabilities face double discrimination, both in terms of their gender and their disability. Ethiopian society has widespread negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, with many seeing disability as a punishment for bad deeds. As a result, women with disabilities are largely excluded from public life and are often stuck in a cycle of dependency, isolation, violence and poverty.

Solution

This project will use the lived experiences of women with disabilities to highlight the barriers they face in accessing public services, navigating the city and engaging in paid work and decision making in their communities. Through engaging government officials and community leaders the project will lead to greater inclusion in public service provision and enable women with disabilities to know and exercise their rights. A broader mass media campaign will contribute to a more equitable society.