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Supporting Disability Activists in Uganda.

Uganda is recovering from decades of conflict.

Uganda is one of the most densely populated countries in Sub Saharan Africa with 80% of its population living in rural areas. Northern Uganda is still recovering from decades of violent unrest, which forced up to 1.7 million people to flee their homes.

In 1995, ADD International began working in Uganda with the single aim of ending the exclusion, poverty and discrimination faced by people with disabilities.

We started by connecting local disabled people with each other, helping them to form their own activist groups. We then provided lobbying and advocacy training so they could campaign for inclusion in development programmes. We empowered them to talk to their communities about disability and confront cultural stigma.

Over the years, ADD International in Uganda has played an instrumental role in promoting the inclusion of disability in the work of other international organisations by providing disability awareness training and mentoring.

KEY ISSUES WE WORK ON

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Protecting disabled women

We partner with disability activists to develop programmes to end gender-based violence against women with disabilities.

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Employment

We work to create job opportunities for disabled people and to encourage employers to include more disabled people in their workforce.

Albinism

We support albinism activists to organise together to raise awareness, challenge stigma and fight deadly myths about the condition.

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Tackling deadly myths.

People with albinism have been hidden away, hunted and even killed for their body parts in areas of eastern Uganda. Read how we partnered with disability activists to tackle this.

Meet the Activists

Peter, Uganda

Peter, Uganda

Frontline Activist

Peter is an albinism activist in Uganda where there are still many myths attached to albinism, including that persons with albinism are cursed, are punishments from the gods, are ghosts, have supernatural powers, or do not die.

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Beatrice, Disability Activist, Uganda.

Because of societal practices, disabled people are considered to be very inferior. They are looked at like people who are nobody. When you build disabled people's capacity and tell them, "You have rights", then disabled people can understand that how society has portrayed them is not actually what they are. And the disabled person can come out and tell society, "No, I'm not supposed to be behind in the backyard. I'm supposed to be part of you." And that's a significant change.

Let's build movements together.

Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.