NIDWAN focus on the inclusion of vulnerable groups in education, employment, environmental justice, art & culture and sports. We foster cross movements with other organizations to bridge the gap between the most marginalized, especially young women, indigenous women and women with disabilities, with the rest of the society . We work with Women, Indigenous Peoples (IPOs), Disabled People led Organizations (DPOs), Youth organizations and other grass root networks and alliances, the Government and Academia to mainstream issues of youth, gender, disability, ethnicity and others marginalized matters at all levels.
Young marginalized people and children, especially those with a disability, can experience serious challenges to get access to education and are most often left out of school, living in confining conditions. Through strong community networks, NIDWAN identifies these situations and looks for sustainable solutions.
NIDWAN works to build up connections and find ways to provide access to education and facilitate scholarship. NIDWAN assists in improving infrastructures for inclusive education and mainstreams children out of school.
We do research and advocacy with the different stakeholders for policy intervention to implement the SDG's.
Indigenous women are playing powerful leading roles in their families and communities. Nevertheless, they are also considered as the most vulnerable and marginalized, and that becomes even more difficult with a disability. Often, indigenous women are unaware about their rights and deprived from control over their resources. They are left out of decision making spheres and their opinion is not taken into consideration.
NIDWAN works on creating enabling environments for young indigenous women and women with disabilities. NIDWAN provides peer counseling, self-help support and training engaging marginalized women in the society and institutions to represent their voice, and supporting them into their professional development.
NIDWAN believes that Empowerment is one of the keys to achieve sustainability and can make important changes into women's lives
Indigenous communities, especially indigenous women, are known as the custodians of the land. All over the World, Indigenous people have been claiming their right to express their concerns and views on environmental justice.
As indigenous people, we possess the knowledge and skills needed to progress towards a sustainable World. The young indigenous generation need to get involved in cultivating, preserving and sharing our traditional and customary practices and values.
In this regard, NIDWAN focus on researching, raising awareness and reporting locally and internationally on the impact of environmental justice on indigenous people with disabilities. NIDWAN also collaborates with organizations on the front-line of environmental justice.
NIDWAN is advocating for the representation and participation of indigenous people and indigenous people with disability into environmental justice negotiations.
In the event of a crisis or natural disaster, NIDWAN provides support for individual needs such as building material, assistive devices and medication. NIDWAN also assists collective needs with building community houses, peer counseling for the survivors and training for stakeholders and people with disabilities after disaster.
We collect data, facts and information on people with disability and indigenous people affected to assist in relief, recovery and rehabilitation.
In case of emergency, NIDWAN also assists individuals experiencing difficulties with medical expenses and financial support so that they can live a dignified life.
People with disabilities can equally contribute, preserve and participate in the cultural and artistic lives of their families and communities and become a role model for people experiencing challenges.
NIDWAN encourages and facilitates the practice of Art and Culture as a mean to promote social change, indigenity and disability inclusion.
NIDWAN enables young indigenous people with disabilities to integrate and carry on cultural traditions and art such as dance, painting, music, sewing art, etc. Through art and culture, people can develop and utilize their creative and intellectual potential.
The practice of art and culture bind people together to challenge and question oppressive or discriminatory practices. Often it is safe tool for marginalized people to amplify their voice and be heard. People with disabilities have often used the arts to challenge mainstream representations of disability issues. For people with disabilities, Art is a window to view the World in a different way and to call for a more inclusive society.
As a result of the stigma associated with disability, young disabled indigenous people are generally excluded from education, employment and community life.
Sport is a mean of inclusion and adaptation, improving health and well being. Sport empowers persons with disabilities to bring out their full potential, advocate for changes in society and act as role models. Sport allows persons with disabilities to acquire vital social skills, develop independence, become physically and mentally stronger. Sport teaches individuals effective communication, teamwork and cooperation, and respect for each other.
NIDWAN promotes sport as a transformative power, particularly for women with disabilities. NIDWAN brings sport activities, events and tournaments to rural areas where access is usually very challenging for people with disabilities. By providing them the opportunity to compete and demonstrate their physical ability, sport helps reduce stereotypes and negative perceptions associated with women and disabilities.
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