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ABOUT US

IDIWA is a voluntary non-governmental Organization established in 2000 by women of different disability categories including physical, sensory and learning disabilities together with parents of children with disabilities. The establishment of IDIWA came out of the realization that women and girls with disabilities face double discrimination due to stigma attached to their gender and disability. They are poorest in their communities and efforts to address their plight are hindered by lack of coordination and sufficient information. This necessitated the birth of IDIWA to design self-help community based development programs for women and girls with disabilities particularly and people with disabilities generally.

In order to achieve its mission, IDIWA prioritizes the following themes:
⇒ Human Rights & Good Governance
⇒ Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods
⇒ Community Based Rehabilitation
⇒ Health and Reproductive Rights
⇒ Education

IDIWA Secretariat is located on Plot 10-Jalum Road, Northern Division, Iganga Municipality.

Our Vision

IDIWA visualizes an inclusive society in which human rights, citizenship and potential of people with disabilities, women and other vulnerable groups are respected.

 

Our Mission Statement

IDIWA’s mission is to empower People with Disabilities, Women and other vulnerable groups to maximize their potential and improve their standard of living.

IDIWA ethical values and principles include:

  • Transparency and accountability
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Unity in diversity
Anna Aparo - Chairperson

Anna Aparo
Board Chairperson

For me and for thousands of other activists, it is a time to be sure that all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as their non-disabled peers. Unfortunately, this is not the case for Girls and Women with Disabilities. They are not only less likely to receive general information on sexual and reproductive health but are also less likely access family planning services. But should they become pregnant, they are also less likely than their non-disabled peers to have access to prenatal, labour and delivery and post-natal services. Physical, attitudinal and information barriers frequently exist. Often community level midwifery staff will not see women with disabilities, arguing that the delivery process needs the help of a specialist or will need a Cesarean section – which is not necessarily the case. Of equal concern is the fact that in many places women with disabilities are routinely turned away from such services should they seek help, often also being told that they should not be pregnant, or scolded because they have decided to have a child.

We have had both challenging and exciting times being keen to improve the lives of some of those most marginalized and abused by healthcare systems among others. IDIWA has, since its inception, played a key role in bringing those injustices to visibility.

Both the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (United Nations, 1979) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (United Nations, 2006) are important documents to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities and their access to safe and appropriate health care services. Both Conventions recognize women’s agency and the right of women to make decisions about health care and present a good opportunity for advocacy by women and girls with disabilities for their rights with respect to accessible and affordable health care services and reproductive rights.

IDIWA recently launched a Sexual Reproductive Health Strategy (SRHS) to ensure we continue the innovative and life-changing work of advancing disability rights and reproductive health for Girls and Women with Disabilities in Busoga sub region. The strategy establishes a unique model of including Girls and Women with Disabilities (GWWDs) in SRH to promote their socio-economic advancement. The model seeks to increase advocacy for access to reproductive health services including individualized birth control methods, family planning and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

As Board, we are committed than ever before, to ensuring that IDIWA continues to redress appalling violations of human rights. We are focused to extending networks for support of IDIWA’s work across disabilities and positioning IDIWA as a regional women led organization working with People with disabilities as the primary target and the other vulnerable groups in entire Busoga sub region Busoga sub region.

I am extremely proud to lead IDIWA into its next phase and in particular to reach out to the Local Governments in Busoga Sub region and their technocrats to engage them in our mission.

Elizabeth Kayanga Executive Director-IDIWA

Elizabeth Kayanga
Executive Director-IDIWA

As the Executive Director of this great organization, I am extremely honored by the successive achievements attained over the years. I am grateful to our donors, partners and members without whom such achievements would not be possible.

Our main focus being on multi-institutional initiatives, quality assurance, community linkages and innovative programming and services to People with Disabilities and other vulnerable groups in Busoga sub region.

 

Achievements:

Significant achievements have been made in the past 15 years. There has been significant improvement in organizational capacity at IDIWA. We have reviewed old policies and introduced new ones with the aim of strengthening internal controls, improving Procurement, Human resource management and Administration. These include Procurement Policy, Fraud policy, Finance Policy and Administration manual. A new strategic plan was developed (2015/19) which expanded the area of operation from Iganga district to the entire Busoga sub region. This has opened doors to new program areas and target groups including Women, Children, Youth and People living with HIV/AIDS. A new Board was instituted with members from diverse professional backgrounds and experience; this has increased board supervision and support to secretariat. The Secretariat was strengthened with competent and experienced staff to manage different program components. The staff has been trained in various skills including Management, Business Management, Fundraising and Resource mobilization, Team building all of which have improved service delivery.

The media has been involved to amplify disability issues resulting into increased visibility and discussion of issues affecting PWDs. Furthermore, IDIWA is increasingly witnessing support by Local Governments towards PWDs.

IDIWA launched a comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) strategy in collaboration with the Iganga District Health Department and other stakeholders. The strategy raises issues of human rights, gender and equity, resource availability and distribution, participatory processes involving individuals, families, and communities. The SRHS was adopted by the district as a guide on improving access and demand for SRH services by GWWDs. As a result, the District Health Department has trained over 175 GWWDs on topical reproductive health issues including Sexually Transmitted Infection and family planning among others. GWWDs are actively seeking family planning and other reproductive health services from health centres in their communities across the district. Through our advocacy for access to reproductive health rights by GWWDs, there is improved service delivery as some health centres have been equipped with adjustable labour beds and access ramps.

Women with Disabilities have been empowered through entrepreneurship and business management skills, seed funds for investment in agricultural production, non-farm household Income Generating Activities and loan funds for establishment of new small scale businesses. In order to improve livelihoods and entrepreneurship, Women with Disabilities have been organized into Savings and Credit groups to enable them access seed funds and loan funds and business training and counseling. They have been given short-term agricultural sector productivity or food security training to enable them fend for themselves through identification of resources and feasible business opportunities. Feasibility study and business planning for a fruit juice and tomato sauce processing centre was completed and this is a big step into the journey of WWDs engaging in real business and exposing their potential hence, gaining a better position to advocate for their rights.

To deliver a strategic ambition, we relentlessly pursue institutional effectiveness. We ensure that we operate within a recognized model of best practice and that our governance and decision making activities are in line with government policy.

We are flexible, innovative and dedicated to promotion of human rights of all people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. We develop a culture that supports continuous improvement and professionalism, so that we have the ability to respond quickly to the rapidly changing environment. All our staff is accountable and responsible for their contribution in pursuance of our strategic plan.

Elizabeth Kayanga

Executive Director
Finance and Administration Man...
Planning, Monitoring & Evaluat...
Livelihood Project Officer
Microfinance Project Officer
Administrative Assistant
Reproductive Healt...

The project is supported by Disability Rights Fund (DRF) with the aim of increasing advocacy for reproductive health rights in line with Article 6 and 23 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The project ...

Economic Empowerme...

This project is being supported by USAID and implementation of this project started on the 1st October 2014. The project aims to promote economic independence of 300 Women with Disabilities in 10 sub counties in Iganga district through microcredit su...

Strengthening Rete...

This project aims to contribute to the reduction of pediatric HIV infections and loss to follow up on Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission EMTCT in Iganga District. The program ensures that mentor mothers, VHTs and Community Counselors are tra...

Organizational Cap...

This is an on-going program within IDIWA. It involves mobilization of beneficiary groups of People with disabilities, Women and other vulnerable people to form Associations for collective action and training in basic management skills to enable them ...