Ipul Powaseu spoke on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency at the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Here are her powerful remarks – spoken from her heart – as an indigenous woman with disability from a small island nation in the Pacific Islands.
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the International Human Rights Funders Group website.This article was contributed by Karen Keating Ansara, co-founder of the Ansara Family Fund and the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, and Brian Concannon, co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Both authors will be presenting at the Haiti Funders Conference in NYC on November 9 -10, 2016.
Until a month ago, Emilio Neas’ region in Haiti was rich in agriculture and beautiful sand beaches. Now, as a result of Hurricane Matthew, over a thousand people are dead and thousands have lost their homes and livelihoods. The delivery of humanitarian aid is hampered by impassable roads and now, a heavy rain that is flooding the rivers and streams.
October 13 is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. "Hurricanes in my Backyard" is the second part of a series to commemorate both the lessons and the work of disabled persons organizations on disaster risk and resilience. Kerry Thompson, a Louisiana native, reflects on what the world learned from Hurricane Katrina.
Reflections from my backyard while Hurricane Matthew is killing my country Haiti both softly and violently… Jo-Ann Garnier from Port-au-Prince reflects on the work of the Disability Rights Fund during the deadly and devastating storm on the southern coast of Haiti.
If you were to see me, you would not notice right away that I am Deaf and Blind. If you saw me signing, you would correctly assume that I am Deaf; if you saw me using my white cane, you would correctly assume that I am Blind. But when people see me using both, they are stumped because so little is known about DeafBlindness and so few of the world’s one billion people with disabilities are DeafBlind. But we do exist.
We believe that a strong and inclusive movement is the cornerstone for rights to be fulfilled by all persons with disabilities. In July and August 2016, the DRF program team brought together passionate disability rights advocates in Indonesia, Rwanda, and Ghana to learn, reflect, and strategize. These Grantee Convenings gather DRF grantees to discuss opportunities in the era of the new global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
Ambrose Murangira was a shoe cobbler in his village in rural Uganda twenty years ago. Back in those days, he had no thoughts of the United Nations or even any prospects of finishing his education. In a recent interview with me, he recounted his childhood, “When I became Deaf at age 10 from mumps, my mama encouraged me to finish primary school. But the thought of going to high school was hard for me. I told my mama, ‘I’m Deaf. How will I understand the teachers?’ But since she was not giving up, I decided to go for vocational training in leather works to live an independent life in the future.”
Diana Samarasan and Stephanie Ortoleva, Founding President and Legal Director of Women Enabled International (WEI), write about the gap in addressing women with disabilities in the women’s rights movement. This piece builds on a blog written by Laila Malik, of the Alliance for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID): Let’s not just open the door, let’s open the dialogue.
The recent Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean has highlighted some areas where different sectors of the global feminist movement need to deepen reflection and dialogue about how to develop tactics and strategies for moving our collective rights and justice agendas forward.