Our commitment to improving GBV services for women with disabilities was the workshop’s core objective. We wanted to ensure that women with disabilities were in the driving seat, as they’re best placed to determine their priorities. We also embraced a participatory format, emphasising inclusion, equal partnership, transparency, shared power, responsibility, empowerment and cooperation among the workshop attendees.
The workshop was made up of 13 stakeholder groups, each representing a critical piece of the GBV response puzzle. These groups ranged from women with various disabilities to law enforcement, community leaders and health care providers. One of the most exhilarating outcomes was the connections formed among these different groups, as individuals connected to personnel in services they didn’t know existed thus enabling vital contacts, the sharing of resources and creating a web of support.
Lucy Muchiri is Sightsavers’ technical adviser for social inclusion in East Africa.