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Pushpa Rani, disability activist, Bangladesh

Activists' Stories.

Read stories from the frontline of disability activism in Africa and Asia, spanning some of the different thematic areas where we focus.

Millions of disabled people face a life of poverty and exclusion.

Right now, we are supporting disability activists working to tackle discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life.

HOW WE SUPPORT ACTIVISTS IN 3 STEPS

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1. Listen

Our work begins as a conversation. Disability activists tell us the change they want to make and what they need to make it happen.

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2. Tailored support

Together we develop a package of long term support to help activists access the tools and resources they need to make change happen.

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3. Building movements

We help organisations of disability activists build links with each other and build movements with unstoppable momentum.

Get to know some of the remarkable activists that we partner with.

Strengthening Organisations

Kaddush, Bangladesh

Kaddush, Bangladesh

Kaddush is visually impaired. For a long time he was ashamed and isolated, but he now leads an organisation of over 4,000 disabled members fighting for disability equality.

Arefa, Bangladesh.

Arefa, Bangladesh.

Arefa used to have negative attitudes towards disabled people until she became disabled herself. She didn't leave her house for 5 years, but meeting and working with other disability activists has transformed her life.

Shamim, Bangladesh

Shamim, Bangladesh

COVID-19: Voices from the field.

When you meet 28-year-old Shamim, you know he is a person full of drive and passion to help others. Starting out as a young activist he has been fighting for the rights of disabled people in Bogura, Bangladesh for over fifteen years and has been on the frontline of COVID-19 response work.

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.

Women's Empowerment

Minnie, Bangladesh

Minnie, Bangladesh

Minnie is a disability activist working for women's rights in Bangladesh. In an area where disabled women are vulnerable to all forms of violence, Minnie is working to protect and empower her community.

Aun Yoin, Cambodia

Aun Yoin, Cambodia

Aun Yoin is part of the team, delivering our ‘Promoting the Dignity of Women’ project. So far, Yoin has supported twenty people with disabilities to receive assistive devices and two survivors of violence.

Chhunly, Cambodia

Chhunly, Cambodia

Chhunly has lived with chronic violence for nearly twenty years. Our project team heard about her situation and approached her to join our activism training on violence, gender, power, and human rights.

Pushpa, Bangladesh

Pushpa, Bangladesh

"I am Pushpa Rani. I live in South Central Bangladesh. I am 50 years old but I have had to spend my life crawling around like a child." Read how disability activists helped Pushpa re-discover her purpose, value and dignity.

Inclusive Education

Hassani, Tanzania

Hassani, Tanzania

Disability Activist

Hassani Kambangwa is a proud and passionate disability activist working on securing education for all children in Tanzania. Here he tells us why working on disability rights inspires him.

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Kim Doe, Cambodia

Kim Doe, Cambodia

Kim Doe spent years secluded in her house, ashamed to leave because of her disability. A visit from local activists, brought her out of her home and set on her a path to freedom.