IDIWA Uganda is an indigenous not for profit non-Governmental Organization established in
2000 by women of different disability categories including Physical, Sensory and Psychosocial disabilities and Parents of Children with Disabilities in Uganda, on realization that Women and Girls with Disabilities face heightened discrimination on account of gender and disability, and this limits their access to services.
The organization is focused on empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities by advocating for improved access to services, resources (ownership and control), participation in democratic and governance processes, economic opportunities and respect for human and health rights. This is done through training, advocacy and lobbying, and networking and collaboration with duty bearers and community members.
IDIWA envisions an inclusive society in which human rights, citizenship, and potential of women and girls with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups are respected.
The mission is to empower women and girls with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups to maximize their potential and improve their standard of living.
Our overall goal is to improve the quality of life and social well-being of women and girls with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups in Uganda.
Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment without any discrimination, and the right to equal pay for equal work.” Similarly, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 (CRPD) provides that
state parties must recognize the right of PWDs to work by prohibiting discrimination on grounds of disability. The CRPD requires state parties to establish effective access to general technical and vocational guidance, ensure that reasonable accommodation is provided to PWDs at the workplace, protect the rights of PWDs on an equal basis and promote vocational and professional rehabilitation, job retention and return to workplace programmes for PWDs.
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