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SUCCESS, TOGETHER

Background

Women and girls with disabilities in Kenya face double discrimination, first as women and secondly as women with disabilities. This is due to the myriad challenges faced by women with disabilities such as myths and cultural practices that are discriminatory and harmful. According to reports by the World Health Organization, persons with disabilities represent approximately 15% of the world’s population with 80% living in low and middle income countries, and that 20% of the global female population consists of women with disabilities.

Documented studies have also shown that, due to several causes, including the higher prevalence of disability among women than men, the increased incidence in gender based violence among women in addition to other factors, women and girls with disabilities are more vulnerable due to the fact that they experience disproportionate levels of exclusion.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

We Are Committed to helping Women and Girls overcome Sexual Challenges

Based on This Ability experiences, accessing quality sexual reproductive health services has been challenging for women and girls with disabilities despite healthcare centers and medical professionals’ potential to offer these services. These challenges include negative attitudes and unconscious biases of medical personnel, inadequately trained medics to attend to their unique needs, physically inaccessible facilities and lack of measures to make service friendly and adaptable to various forms of disability. 

Furthermore, information and education on sex education, menstrual health, family planning, and other related sexual and reproductive health services is poorly disseminated – in formats that are inaccessible or unavailable to young women with various disabilities. Due to societal attitudes towards the sexuality of women with disabilities, their sexual and reproductive health needs are often not prioritized at the family level; additionally, due to the link between disability and poverty, access becomes a major challenge for those who are economically dependent.  Furthermore, within our patriarchal society, decision-making has not prioritized matters of sexual health and rights of women with disabilities, further disempowering them – economically and socially.

SRHRplusD Festival Activities

SRHRplusD Festival Activities

Passion for results

The Festival provided a platform to enhance freedom of expression using different art forms that support body autonomy.

It was a 5 day community event that initiated conversations from a holistic point of view, where women and girls with disabilities could express themselves through dance, community mental health sessions, coordinated graffiti art, spoken word, fashion and an exhibition market for products made by women with disabilities.

sAFE SPACES

We used different art forms to create spaces for expression for women with disabilities. We had mixed music, dance, graffiti, sexuality conversations, make-up and skin therapy, yoga and fashion to amplify the voices of women with disabilities in a safe space where they were free to express themselves and exchange information.
The Festival was also a platform for other artists with disabilities to showcase their skills and perform their art.

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Collaboration with our partners

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Constantly improving

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Constantly improving

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PATH TO SUCCCESS

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