DIWA curbs violence against women and girls with disabilities
Disabled Women in Africa (DIWA), during the course of its baseline survey in 2014, it was confirmed in the survey reports that many women & girls with disabilities experience various abuses & violations and many other cases that go unreported with some reasons that many of the People with Disabilities (PWDs) do not know where to report Exploitation’s, Violations & Abuses (EVA).
DIWA being an organisation that lobbies for rights of women and girls with disabilities, it implemented a 3-year project as a coalition with funding from Disability Rights Fund (DRF) whose main aim was to ensure that women & girls with disabilities were free from EVA. To make the project successful,various approaches were put to place which include:
• Awareness campaigns
• Training joint advocacy network
• Stakeholder meetings
Within the three-year period of the project,DIWA has been able to sign a major Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government through the Malawi police to promote response efforts on PWDS on EVA cases, so far, we have seen a rising number of cases directly reported to the police and going through the court as compared to some other cases that were reported before the project started.
Through this project, DIWA has also managed to get many Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in mainstreaming EVA efforts in their existing projects and programs. The coalition activities in achieving this project has given DIWA & other stakeholders a remarkable experience , learning and have been able to identify gaps that needs to be further addressed to achieve more impact on the article 16 of UNCRPD which goes in line with SDG 16 on peace and justice.