We’re promoting inclusive elections in Cameroon and Senegal. We want to ensure people can enter polling booths and cast their votes independently, have political parties represent disability issues and encourage people with disabilities to participate as candidates. We also want voters to be provided with accessible information, such as party manifestos, so they can vote. Our work has been effective at increasing the number of people with disabilities registered to vote: in Cameroon, the number of rose from 8,000 in 2011 to 40,000 in 2022.
We support people with disabilities to obtain official documents such as birth certificates, ID cards, voter cards and disability cards as these are often a prerequisite to political participation. In Senegal and Cameroon, almost 3,500 people with disabilities received birth certificates, ID cards or voter cards through our project. We are also exploring ways to ensure people with disabilities are more included in other forms of civil society, such as youth movements.
Watch the video below to see how we’re fighting for better political engagement of women with disabilities in Senegal.
This strategy sets out how we will contribute to the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities – globally, and in our programming countries – through our programmatic, research and influencing work.
A systematic review aiming to identify, appraise and combine available evidence to understand what practices have already taken place in African countries to support the political participation of people with disabilities, and what effect they have had at local and national levels.