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H.R.H Princess Celenhle is a Social Entrepreneur focused on the promotion and achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is involved with a number of African grassroots-driven organisations, seeking and implementing indigenous and culturally sensitive solutions to social problems in Africa, chiefly addressing Education, HIV / AIDS, Gender Equality, Disability, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Sustainability. Her Royal Highness holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, & Management Advancement Program (MAP73) both from Wits Business School; and a Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration degree from Bennett College in North Carolina, USA. She is the…
Message from Rev Mpho Tutu “I am delighted and honoured to be the Patron of this important and exciting (WAND) initiative. I believe that every human being, regardless of race, gender, or ability is a precious child of God. All of us are made in the image and likeness of the creator. Each of us deserves to be appreciated and treated as worthy of reverence”. Abridged Bio: Rev Mpho A. Tutu The Rev. Mpho A. Tutu, an Episcopal priest, is the Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. She is also founder and Executive Director of the…
Background - I have been suffering from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis for most of my life, since the age of four. Every single joint in my body is severely affected and as a result I experience mobility limitations. Growing up in a small town, society and people did not give me much of a chance and did not believe that I would grow up to be an independent adult living life to the fullest. Fortunately I did not allow others perception of my disability to limit me (it has delayed achieving some dreams, but I have achieved it) and continue to…
Background - I am a proud woman with a disability, but it was a painful journey until I got to this point. And then God grace me with two beautiful children, Aimee and Adam. Adam has Cerebral Palsy and he is mentally and physically disabled. I needed to dig very deep into my journey of strength and self-acceptance. And this journey I would like to share with other women that are going through similar experiences. I am blessed to be able to be an activist and an advisor to both abled and disabled persons. I am the CEO of Artscape…
Background - I am a content creator, communications specialist, and journalist. I was born deaf, but doesn't let it hold me back from achieving success and making a positive difference to society. I am Managing Director of Media Consultancy and Red Silk Tree Media, and Publicity Director of Lesedi Communications, and a staff member of the vibrant African News Agency (ANA) Newswire. Education Journalism degree from Rhodes University: 2007 Awards/Achievements Casual Day Ambassador Women’s Award from Department of Social Development 2015
I am 15 years old and was diagnosed with Congenital Myopathy at the age of 3 years. This is a disease that causes weakness throughout the skeletal muscle, meaning that my muscles cause me to become weak. During 2011 I was also diagnosed with Scoliosis and as a result of this, I have been attending home schooling. I also do a course in web design and I attend computer classes. I love doing art, crochet work, needle work, mosaic and knitting. I have recently become a Youth Ambassador for WAND (Women’s Achievement Network for Disability) for the Gauteng area. The…
I was born in Cape Town in 1994. I am 19 years old and have an older sister, Erin, who is 21. I was diagnosed as being cerebral palsied at 11 months and at the age of 6 was diagnosed as also having a degenerative neuropathy. In 2004 I founded The Chaeli Campaign with my sister and 3 friends in 2004 when I was 9. I started my schooling at a special needs school at the age of 3 and was enrolled at a mainstream school when I was in Grade 3. I gained my Bachelors Matric Pass with a…
I am eighteen years old and in matric this year and I am the Head Girl of our school. Growing up without parents and facing my physical challenge was a tough journey, but it has made me strong and turned me into the young lady I am today (see my story under latest role-models). I want to encourage the disabled, especially women with disabilities not to allow circumstances, challenges, differences and their fears to overpower what they want in life or take away the spirit of a winner. I am honoured to be a Youth Ambassador for WAND (Women’s Achievement…
Michelle Botha is the blogger for WAND. She is a consultant, motivational speaker and writer in the field of disability. As a visually impaired woman she has a passion for promoting disability inclusion through frank dialogue and the building of healthy relationships. She has an MSocsci in Gender Studies from the University of Cape Town and has conducted much research focusing on the complex lived experiences of South African women with disabilities. Her business, Inclusion Focus Consulting, seeks to work in collaboration with the corporate sector to formulate practical disability inclusion solutions.Michelle is also a passionate musician and enjoys using…
Women with disabilities can achieve the following:
There are globally various initiatives and programmes being implemented to ensure that the rights of women and girls with disabilities are protected and promoted.UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesThe UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities acknowledges that women and girls with disabilities experience multiple discrimination. This means that disabled women experience barriers and discrimination based on grounds of being a woman and having a disability. With the launching of the WAND initiative, we aim to implement measures that comply with the following Articles of the UNCRPD: Article 6 - Women with disabilities Article 8 - Awareness Raising Article 9 – Accessibility Article 16 - Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community Article 23 - Respect for home and the family Article 24 - Education Article 25 - Health Article 27 - Work and employment…
Persons with disabilities from 13 countries in Africa state that they are “..Encouraged by the growing awareness and political willingness following the adoption of the UN CRPD, as a human rights and development instrument, signed by 45 African countries and ratified by 35..” The Nairobi Declaration Post-2015 Development Agenda targets: Gender equality and women's empowerment 13. “..Girls and Women with disabilities are facing multiple discriminations in many areas of family and community life and are more exposed to violence..” 14. “..We want the post 2015 development agenda to ensure that girls and women with disabilities are explicitly, adequately included and actively involved in all programs and policies aiming at gender equality and girls and women’s empowerment..”
The African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (1999-2009) was adopted by the 35th Session of the OAU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Algiers, Algeria in July 1999. The 1st AU Conference of Ministers of Social Development, which convened in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-31 October 2012, extended the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2010-2019. The goal of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2010 – 2019) is the full participation, equality and empowerment of people with disabilities in Africa. Here are the African Union’s goal and priority actions for women with disabilities: 2.2.1.3 Women with disabilities Goal - Achieve full participation and equal rights for women with disabilities. Priority Actions Member States: To raise public awareness on the rights of people with disabilities, especially focusing on women in rural areas; To develop programmes to address the needs of women with disabilities during the…