Sightsavers is attending a major conference in Rwanda to call for action to ensure women with disabilities are not forgotten in the women’s rights movement.
The Women Deliver Conference, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, on 17-20 July 2023, is one of the world’s largest multi-sector events to advance gender equality. It will welcome about 6,000 people in person and 200,000 online.
Sightsavers will have a booth showcasing stories of women with disabilities located in The Square, number S22-23, and is leading or participating in a number of other events at the conference.
Note: all timings in Central Africa Time
11.45am-12.30pm, Akagera Tent in the Exhibition Hall
Sightsavers will share expertise on inclusive education, with director of programme operations in Nigeria, Joy Shu’aibu, speaking about our holistic approach to improving education systems in Nigeria, and Edith Kagoya, our programme manager in Uganda, showcasing our teacher development programme in Uganda. The panellists will discuss the barriers to inclusive education, inclusive technologies and how to build the capacity of teachers.
Timings to be confirmed
Sightsavers is supporting UN Women to host a flagship event for the Generation Equality Forum, the world’s leading initiative to accelerate gender equality, which was set up in 2021 to make ambitious commitments on gender equality. Generation Equality will host three sessions at Women Deliver in the Kigali Convention Center.
High-level, cross-sector panel: Generation Equality as a lever for tackling global regression and pushback on gender equality and women’s rights.
Impact and accountability session and reinvigoration of commitments.
Generation Equality 101: Education, action and involvement session for those new to Generation Equality, with a focus on how organisations can become commitment makers.
3.30-5pm, Kigali Convention Centre
Sightsavers’ global advocacy manager Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame, who is chair of the UN’s disability committee, will discuss accountability for gender commitments. She will also highlight the barriers that she has faced accessing women’s rights spaces, and will discuss how the Feminist Accessibility Protocol can make spaces more accessible for all women.
3.00-3.30pm, Sightsavers booth (The Square, booth number S22-23)
Join Sightsavers, Bridges to Development, Frontline AIDS and LVCT Health at the Sightsavers booth for a Q&A session on female genital schistosomiasis (FGS), a neglected tropical disease that is heavily stigmatised. Attendees will hear from Joy Shu’aibu from Sightsavers, Julie Jacobsen from Bridges to Development, Lizzie Taylor from Frontline AIDS, and Dr Lilian Otiso from LVCT Health, about how the Female Genital Schistosomiasis Integration Group coalition is working in partnership with healthcare providers to train healthcare staff and tackle stigma associated with the condition. Learn more about their work by watching this film.
12.00-12.45pm, media lounge
A brief introduction to Sightsavers, our work, and our call for better inclusion of women with disabilities in discussions around gender equality, followed by a media Q&A and discussion. This will be led by Sightsavers staff including Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame.
1.00-1.15pm, Sightsavers booth (The Square, booth number S22-23)
What are the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls with disabilities? What are the barriers that women and girls with disabilities face on a daily basis in accessing sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) services? What is needed to promote their access to these services and strengthen existing services and systems? Sightsavers’ global technical lead for inclusive health, Andrea Pregel, will answer questions on making SRHR services and programmes more inclusive for people with disabilities, and especially for women and girls with disabilities.
The Inclusive Futures initiative is a consortium of more than 20 disability and development organisations, led by Sightsavers, aiming to ensure global development is inclusive for people with disabilities.How we’re reaching women and girls with disabilities
Dr Jalikatu Mustapha trained with Sightsavers between 2012 and 2016, becoming the only female ophthalmologist in the country.
Sightsavers’ education, research and policy teams will join the global education community at the UKFIET international education conference on 12-14 September in Oxford, UK.