We know different persons with disabilities, particularly women and girls with disabilities requires humanitarian support as majority live in conflict or disaster-prone areas. Many women and men with disabilities are victim of physical, emotional and mental abuse. Unfortunately, the creative sector have produced lots of movies that have depicts disability from a charity and medical model which have further worsen societal attitude towards persons with disabilities. We will explore how our programmes could leverage on existing evidence to bridge the gap and where not, we would initiate projects to help us better generate insights to understanding the situation.
Objective 1: People with disability, particularly women with disabilities and their representatives have the capacity to prevent and support the government to put a system in place to protect and fight against all forms of gender-based violence.
Objective 2: The creative sector, particularly the movie industry, work directly with people with disabilities to reduce stigma and discrimination against persons with disabilities and improve society’s perception through a piece of art.
Objective 3: All people with disability, particularly children and women can build the resilience to absorb shock and amplify their voices to be prioritised by humanitarian actors during and after any form of disaster conflicts.
In connection with SDG 10, focusing on gender equality, and in alignment with the UN Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), IFA’s ongoing initiatives addressing gender-based violence among individuals with disabilities highlight both the obstacles and opportunities inherent in empowering these individuals to safeguard and advocate for their rights.
We activate the Amplifying Voices Fellowship to further educate and empower both women and men with disabilities regarding rights protection and advocacy. Collaborating with governmental bodies at national and local levels, we are enhancing accessibility and inclusivity for persons with disabilities within existing systems and mechanisms. We are partnering with law enforcement agencies to establish disability desks nationwide and enhance physical and digital infrastructure accessibility.
We activate the creative sector engagement, employing mediums like movies, to promote a disability-inclusive culture, facilitated by collaborative networks. Additionally, our works and partnerships with humanitarian entities ensure PWDs actively participate in peacebuilding dialogues, emergency responses, and resilience initiatives to foster inclusive disaster mitigation strategies.