Women with disabilities who have meaningful careers or those who have managed community projects have often attended a Mentorship Programme with the aim of achieving certain goals. These women, who have participated in a mentorship programme, have a good understanding of the benefits of such a programme. Women could also have had informal mentors who listened to them and guided them to achieve a certain goal.
As part of women with disabilities giving back approach, a Mentorship Programme will be implemented. The recipients of the programme will be women and girls with disabilities. Most disabled women have experienced barriers, prejudice, and disappointment and have learnt how to overcome these challenges in different situations. Every person in general experience challenges, and for disabled persons having a disability adds another dimension to their challenges. It is important for women and all persons with disabilities to not adopt a victim attitude, but to find ways and strength to overcome challenges and disappointments.
- To encourage disabled women and girls to find alternative ways of doing things and to never give up.
- To assist disabled women and girls through an important transition such as having to cope with a new situation like attending college or university, getting a job or pursuing personal growth.
- To encourage women with disabilities who feel disempowered to set goals and dream about achieving success/live life to the fullest
- To transfer leadership and workplace skills
- To encourage personal development
- To encourage girls to pursue skills training and education