- November 12, 2019

IDA has partnered with UN Women to roll-out a 3-part webinars series. The webinars have been designed for UN Women’s personnel to support mainstreaming of women with disabilities’ rights into their work. However, the webinars are open, and topics may be relevant to other organizations.

The following provides an overview of the webinars. For additional information please visit the website of UN Women by clicking here.

1.Webinar Title: Challenges and Solutions to Inclusion

Date: July 24, 2019
Overview: As the first in the series, this webinar focused on challenges and solutions to inclusion, focusing on the gaps and barriers that prevent the full and effective participation and leadership of women and girls with disabilities across the humanitarian – development continuum.

The webinar explored:

  • Challenges related to full and effective participation of women and girls with disabilities
  • Benefits of strengthening partnership and alliance building
  • Gaps in access to resources and capacity
  • Highlights of good practices such as: benefits of directly funding organizations of women with disabilities to address their needs and priorities; and impact of working with various stakeholders to address multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination 

2. Webinar Title: Data and Evidence

Date: October 31, 2019
Overview: Data and evidence on the situation of women and girls with disabilities is essential to inform policies and programmes that effectively address systemic barriers that hinder their participation across the humanitarian-development continuum. The scarcity of reliable and comparable national, regional and global statistics, data and information on the situation of persons with disabilities, in particular women and girls with disabilities, is an obstacle to achieving development planning and implementation of policies and programmes that are gender-responsive and disability inclusive.

The webinar explored:

  • Understanding the challenges of inclusion when there is no data available;
  • Identifying available sources of data on women and girls with disabilities and how to analyze existing data to inform policies and programmes
  • Identifying methodologies for collecting data on disability, including the Washington Group on Disability Statistics questionnaire
  • 60 people attended the webinar 

Information about the third webinar in this series will be provided shortly.

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