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Empowering women with disabilities in Addis Ababa

Women living with disabilities in Addis Ababa face discrimination, stigma and marginalization in every area of their lives. By documenting their experiences and raising awareness of the barriers they face, this project will help the inclusion of women with disabilities in wider Ethiopian society.

February 2018 - July 2019

Charity information: Womankind Worldwide

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  • Need


    Women in Ethiopia are discriminated in every area of their lives. Women with disabilities face double discrimination, both in terms of their gender and their disability.

    Ethiopian society has widespread negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, with many seeing disability as a punishment for bad deeds. As a result, women with disabilities are largely excluded from public life and are often stuck in a cycle of dependency, isolation, violence and poverty.


    This project will use the lived experiences of women with disabilities to highlight the barriers they face in accessing public services, navigating the city and engaging in paid work and decision making in their communities. Through engaging government officials and community leaders the project will lead to greater inclusion in public service provision and enable women with disabilities to know and exercise their rights. A broader mass media campaign will contribute to a more equitable society.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the evidence base on the barriers faced by women with disabilities in Addis Ababa.


    » An action research project will be designed and implemented to document the lives and challenges of women with disabilities living in Addis Ababa.

    What success will look like

    A research document that shows the barrier’s women with disabilities in Addis Ababa encounter in their lives.

    Aim 2

    Raise awareness of government service providers on the importance of having accessible services.


    » A one day workshop for 30 policy makers and government officials on how laws and policies can be more inclusive to women with disabilities.
    » Develop a Technical Working Group with government officials to support inclusive planning across a range of sectors.

    What success will look like

    30 policy makers and government officials demonstrating an increased knowledge and commitment to including the needs of disabled women in decision making.

    Aim 3

    Raise awareness of community leaders of the need to include women with disabilities in public life.


    » A two day disability awareness training for 50 community leaders, religious leaders and leaders from the Ethiopian women’s movement.
    » Establish a Technical Working group with Community Leaders that will help to sustain the outcomes of the training.

    What success will look like

    50 community leaders demonstrating an increased knowledge and commitment to including the needs of disabled women in social, economic and political activities

    Aim 4

    To increase knowledge of rights of women with disabilities


    » Produce and distribute learning materials on Ethiopian laws and policies to 100 women in accessible formats such as braille.
    » Provide two days of training for 40 women with disabilities on UN disability rights and Ethiopian laws and policies.

    What success will look like

    140 women with disabilities displaying an enhanced knowledge of their rights and national government laws and policies

    Aim 5

    To increase the awareness of the general public on what life is like for women with disabilities.


    » Provide opportunities for women with disabilities to share their stories through various media channels such as public radio shows.

    What success will look like

    Through media tracking, evidence of greater attention to the rights of women with disabilities by the general public.

  • Impact


    1) Women with disabilities will have more confidence and greater desire to engage in public life
    2) Needs of women with disabilities included by government service providers when planning public services
    3) Women with disabilities included by community leaders
    4) The Ethiopian women’s movement more inclusive of women with disabilities
    We will monitor the project on an ongoing basis and assess impact at the end of the project to ensure changes have been achieved and can continue in the long term.


    Ethiopian government policies prevent the open promotion of human rights by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). EWDNA navigates these restrictions by framing its work in terms of empowerment and developing good relations with government agencies, including serving as a liaison between them and its members.

    Fluctuation in the exchange rate will affect the budgets for the planned activities. We do not expect exchange rate fluctuations to affect activity delivery.


    Donors will receive an annual email report on the progress of the project including images, at least 2 case studies from the beneficiaries, and a blog demonstrating the success of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,860

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,952 Research & planning Research planning and implementation
      £712 Workshop -Government officials One day workshop for 30 government officials
      £2,018 Workshop - Community leaders Two day workshop for 50 community leaders
      £1,647 Training Accessible training workshop and materials for women with disabilities
      £1,143 Radio Radio broadcast airtime
      £685 Monitoring & evaluation Monitoring & evaluation
      £6,521 Support costs EWDNA support costs
      £16,182 Support costs Womankind support costs
  • Background


    Ethiopia has experienced almost continuous conflict, religious fundamentalisms and environmental instability in recent decades. Despite high rates of recent economic growth, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in Africa with a significant portion of the population, particularly women and children, living in extreme poverty. Traditional attitudes restrict women’s participation in social development and underline high rates of physical and sexual violence against women and girls.


    Direct beneficiaries:
    30 government officials and policy makers
    50 community leaders
    140 women with disabilities

    Indirect beneficiaries:
    3,150,000 women and men, including women with disabilities, through the mass media campaign

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With Womankind’s 29 years experience of supporting locally-run projects around the world, you can be confident that your support will enable women with disabilities to understand and claim their rights.
    Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association (EWDNA) was established as a member organisation to address the issues of women with disabilities in Ethiopia. With over 3500 members across the country, EWDNA works to build the skills, opportunities and inclusion of women with disabilities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs. Dibabe Bacha, EWDNA Executive Director

    Dibabe gradually lost her sight from the age of 8. After university, she came to EWDNA as a social worker in 2006 and presently is the Director.

    Miss Fikerte Shumet, EWDNA Program Coordinator

    Fikerte has a BA Degree in Economics and has been working for 12 years with disability centred organisations.

    Miss Selamawit Tesema, EWDNA Social Worker

    Has a Master’s degree in Social work and has 11 years' experience in the NGO sector.

    Laura Brown, Womankind Movement & Network Capacity Manager

    Laura leads Womankind’s work to strengthen the capacity of women’s rights movements. She has 15 years' experience in the humanitarian sector.


could cover the cost of radio airtime on local radio for one day reaching over 630,000 people.

"If I didn’t come here I would be feeling sad or I wouldn’t even be alive."

Abeba Bacha