WILD delegate Ghin Chu
from Malaysia speaks.
Grantee name: Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
Mission: Mobility International USA's mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision and other disabilities.
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/miusa1981
Channel Grants: In 2015 Channel made a grant to Mobility International USA (MIUSA) to support the continuation of the 2016 Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) Seed Grants Program. (2015)
In 2014 Channel made a grant to Mobility International USA (MIUSA) to support a pilot project in Mexico combining an exhibit of the Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit and a Women’s Leadership Forum for Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) alumni. In conjunction with this exhibition, WILD alumni will organize a series of community events to bring together women leaders with and without disabilities, government officials, NGO development actors, universities, human rights activists, and others for community dialogue and action. (2014)
In 2013 Channel made a grant to Mobility International USA (MIUSA) to support the continuation of the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) Seed Grants Program. (2013)
In 2012 Channel made a grant to Mobility International USA (MIUSA) to support the creation of the first Seed Grants Program of its Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD).
The WILD training provides women with disabilities unique opportunities to build their capacity for leadership, strengthen international networks for advocacy and support, and plant seeds for collaborative relationships, in order to advance human rights and opportunities for women and girls with disabilities around the world.
WILD was created from a dream that began many years ago, when disabled women first organized across borders to have an impact at the 1995 UN World Conference on Women in Beijing. To date, there have been five WILD trainings, in 1997, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2010, with more than 150 disabled women representing more than 70 countries.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has declared that, “the contributions of the extraordinary women of the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) not only improve the lives of women and girls with disabilities in their home countries, they also play a critical role in combating discrimination, promoting inclusion, and defending human rights the world over.”
With the launch of the Seed Grants Program in 2012, the intention is for delegates to return home after completion of the WILD training (August 6 – 27, 2012), with specific plans and practical action steps aimed at increasing inclusion and achievement of rights for women with disabilities at the local, national and international levels. Delegates will use skills and resources acquired at WILD to create and strengthen community organizations, and initiate new projects. The goal of the competitive capacity building seed grants program is to support initiatives that offer promise for effective inclusion and participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development and human rights activities. (2012)
Impact: To read more information and watch videos about 11 of the incredible and diverse projects supported by the 2012 Seed Grants and carried out by WILD graduates around the globe in places like Fiji and South Sudan, please click here.
Group photo of the WILD 2010 delegation and WILD alumni.
Photo credit: www.kiefelphotography.com courtesy of MIUSA.