The Rewards of Group Formation for Girls and Women with Disabilities

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Girls and Women with Disabilities pose for a photo after their group meeting in Lobule Sub-county

Zaida Chandiru, a physically disabled girl and Yangu Fatuma a woman with visual impairment have one thing in common – both belong to Sub-County Women with Disabilities groups geared towards the strengthening of structures to address Gender Based Violence against Girls and Women with Disabilities.

Zaida found herself living below the poverty line after she acquired her visual impairment in 2007 and husband broke his leg, leaving their family without a breadwinner while Yangu Fatuma found herself in similar circumstances as a child growing up in exile in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were unaware of the benefits accorded to them as Girls and Women with Disabilities through group formation and never took the initiative to involve themselves in one until NUWODU empowered them on their rights as Girls and Women with Disabilities to be independent and advocate for their rights.

Through group formation in their respective sub-counties, Zaida and Yangu were availed the chance to benefit from the Local Government Livelihood Programs especially the special grant where they were given Mango seedlings – a chance that had been denied them before NUWODU sensitized local government and other stakeholders to include Girls and Women  with Disabilities in their programs