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By Anna Pickett and Josué Torres
In the context of global development, disability is too often ignored or rendered invisible. Organizations that work to promote equity often times don’t support disabled populations because disability is not one of their focus areas, or because they have other priorities. But the truth of the matter is, if an organization works on human rights without including people with disabilities, they are only really promoting the rights of some humans.
With this work, applying an intersectional approach allows for a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how social identities and conditions interact within a society. As a result, we gain a broader picture of human diversity. In discussing inclusion in global development and improving the standards for living a life of dignity, we must understand the concept of intersectionality and have the awareness that disability is a human condition that is present in a significant percentage of the global population. According to the World Bank, one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Read More
By Kara Eagens
In June, Global Washington hosted members of the Disability Inclusive Development Initiative (DIDI) to introduce best practices for disability inclusion in international development.
DIDI is a multidisciplinary research and advocacy project at the International Policy Institute of the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Comprised of graduate and undergraduate students, DIDI works to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development.
Stephen Meyers, a professor of disability studies and international studies at the University of Washington, opened the event with remarks on the realities of disability inclusion within the international development sphere. Read More
Ending Violence Against Women
By Peachie Ann Aquino
“Achieving real equality for women and eradicating gender-based violence can transform the world in many ways” stressed Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA. “The highest and most powerful good that we can do is to invest in local women’s grassroots movements who are creating social and societal change” Read More