Women living with disabilities to benefit from WDLER project

TANZANIA: WOMEN living with disability from Kinondoni, Kibaha and Mtwara districts are going to benefit from a project known as Women with Disabilities Leadership and Economics Rights (WDLER), which aims at building capacities to the women groups on the areas of leadership and economic rights.

Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International Africa Director (Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and Ghana) Ms Rose Tesha made the revelations in Dar es Salaam at a meeting prepared to set strategies for the project which started in October and is expected to end in September, 2024.

“This project is the result of the ideas from Movement of Women with Disabilities in Tanzania (MOWADITA), which is one of the groups of women with disabilities we support. It will be implemented by ADD International in partnership with MOWADITA and the government under the funding of UN Women”, she explained.

Expounding, she said that the women will also have opportunities to get grants which will be released as from next year through Participatory Grants Making (PGM).

“The women will be given opportunities to come up with project ideas on how they are going to use the funds in a way that will be friendly to them and which will also allow the project to be sustainable,” she stated. In addition to that, the women will also have opportunities to be connected with other women in Ghana, Uganda and Sudan.

Nuru Awadhi, the Director of MOWADITA, who served as a Councillor for Chama Cha Mapinduzi Special Seats from 2015 to 2020, said that the project is going to have a lot of benefits, including enabling women with disabilities contest for various political positions without fear.

“Despite being blind, I was able to be elected to serve as a Councillor because I proved to be capable of handling the position.  I want to encourage other women living with disability to nit fear to engage in political matters at all”, she said.

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