Empowering activists to claim their rights.
At ADD International we understand it’s not just about getting individual voices of disabled people heard, but about permanently dismantling the barriers that keep disabled people excluded in the first place.
That's why we’re partnering with organisations of disability activists to support 15,000 disabled people in disaster-prone areas of Bangladesh, to influence powerholders and have their say in the decisions that affect their lives, from work opportunities to accessible flood shelters.
About the project.
The project is being funded by the European Union to support 31 disabled persons' organisations and their members to achieve increased social, political and economic empowerment.
What we hope to achieve
Learning from what we do.
This year we commissioned a study to review our progress working with disabled persons' organisations and to capture key lessons.
The study found that the formation of disability-focused organisations has helped local people with disabilities earn respect within their communities - from powerholders and service providers alike. Members of disabled persons' organisations are now aware of their rights and existing laws, however, the capacity to influence political processes, with some exceptions, is still developing.
Building change that lasts.
Once looked down upon, persons with disabilities now have a platform to raise their voices and organise for their rights. Through tireless engagement and participation, disabled persons' organisations are working hard to ensure persons with disabilities are given the same opportunities to prosper as other people.
Despite various challenges, disabled persons' organisations have succeeded in making a real difference in the lives of many persons with disabilities. This work needs to be supported and taken care of. The spirit, strength and courage of disabled persons' organisations must be utilised and sustained to help achieve a better world for persons with disabilities.