We’re working with governments and partners in Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Senegal to promote citizenship and disability inclusion in political participation. Women and men with disabilities are being elected as local councillors and represented in council committees, so they can meaningfully contribute to local development and monitor decisions through inclusive mechanisms.
Through our work, we’ve produced the following resources.
This video highlights the main achievements from our political participation project in Cameroon. It covers the progress made in advocating for inclusive elections and demonstrates the importance of involving people with disabilities in public affairs, so they can take an active role in local development in their communities.
The video shows the process that was followed in Senegal to bring about systemic change and include people with disabilities in national policies and programmes. The political participation project aimed to challenge negative perceptions about disability that have led to the exclusion of people with disabilities from political life.
Nathalie Madiesse, a programme officer at the Inclusive Society for Persons with Disabilities, explains how advocacy, consultation and a review of electoral laws led to the development of proposals for more inclusive electoral laws that were presented to the government of Cameroon.