Civil Society for Inclusion: building up inclusive approaches for women with disabilities in Humla | Mission East

Civil Society for Inclusion: building up inclusive approaches for women with disabilities in Humla


Project Status: 
Complete

 

Aims:

 

To empower marginalized women with disabilities of Humla (Nepal) to advocate for their rights and improve their situation.

 

Women Welfare Service (WWS) becomes a disability inclusive organization able to address issues of women with disabilities in Humla.

 

Project Action

Improve WWS’ capacity, given the necessity to increase staff as well as board members’ knowledge and skills in disability inclusion in order to ensure high-level and efficient inclusive approach from an institutional point of view. The adoption of an inclusive approach impacts not only the project design but the organization itself in its strategies, approaches, attitudes and management. This means:

  • Upgrading the strategic vision and programming by the board of WWS will be essential to address the need for inclusion that Humla society and its women will face in the future, related to population growth, scarcity of natural resources, climate change, and political transformation of the country
  • In regards to financial, administrative, logistic and human resources management this means for the organization to adjust their budget, human resources policies disability friendly, and logistic aspects (such as accessible buildings and adapted working space) to become themselves a model of inclusion and advocate for it towards peer organizations in Humla.

 

 

Background:

 

The main issue which underlies this project is the extreme vulnerable conditions of people with disabilities living in rural remote and isolated districts of Nepal, such as Humla, and the absence of tangible support from government and civil society which provides lasting solutions, upholds rights and respects their dignity. In this context WWS is the first organization in Humla that has the ambition to switch from a short-term, unsustainable ‘charitable approach’ to a rights-based and inclusive approach, However, an institutional gap analysis of WWS capacity in gender and disabilities highlighted that “disability inclusiveness is an important concern for WWS as well as an important need among their target population. Given the size and scope of interventions of WWS, there is a high opportunity to insert disability as a systematic crosscutting issue in their approach and to aim towards a strong inclusive organization. Mission East could play a clear role in supporting the WWS in this development.” The identified gaps can lead as well to problems in implementing and managing the ongoing PATC project “I have a voice” since women with disability have been targeted as beneficiaries but the partners are facing difficulties in addressing the challenges posed by disability.

 

Mission East has a plan to support WWS for several years for it is the only woman association active in Humla who is looking toward disability inclusion, where the condition of women and women with disabilities is greatly deteriorated by socio-cultural practices, geographical hardship and remoteness of the region. WWS has grown both in size and capacity in recent years and is very respected and successful in Humla, but so far they have not addressed the issue of people with disabilities. Nevertheless, the project “I have a Voice” and the technical support from our disability consultant has encouraged them to engage further into the disability sector. Finally, the director of WWS, having a disability herself, and fully concerned by the conditions of people suffering from stigma and exclusion by the communities and population, is a great motivator for the organisation’s interest in the inclusive approach.

 

Donor:

Civil Society in Development (CISU)

Project code:

NEP-CISU-04

Location:

Humla District, Karnali Zone, Nepal