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Grantee name: Women Enabled International

Mission: Women Enabled International (WEI) advocates and educates for the human rights of all women and girls, with an emphasis on women and girls with disabilities, and works tirelessly to include women and girls with disabilities in international resolutions, policies and programs addressing women's human rights and development.

Location: Washington DC, USA

Website: www.womenenabled.org/

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCFL7ujvBsGJPp-kfWGpkC9g

Channel Grants: In 2016 Channel Foundation made a grant to Women Enabled International Inc. (WEI) to support to finalize the development, dissemination, and implementation of an advocacy toolkit for women and girls with disabilities, the accountABILITY Toolkit, to more widely promote understanding and collaboration among legal and policy advocates focused on women’s rights and disability rights. (2016)

In 2015 Channel made a grant to Women Enabled International (WEI) to support the development and dissemination of an advocacy toolkit for women and girls with disabilities.  WEI’s accountABILITY Toolkit will empower advocates to increasingly and better address the rights of women and girls with disabilities in their engagement with international human rights mechanisms, thereby strengthening policy recommendations and developing more robust human rights norms. (2015)

News: In August 2015 WEI launched a survey to help create a first-ever map and report of the field of advocates for the rights of women and girls with disabilities globally. This project provides an opportunity for collaboration and joint action among human rights advocates, both within and outside the disability rights and women's rights movements. WEI's Survey and Mapping project provides a sense of the scope and depth of the growing global field of disabled women's rights organizations and advocates, and also serve as an empowering organizing tool to share strategies. This first-ever global report shows where advocates are located, where the gaps are, and where there are opportunities for collaboration to achieve greater collective impact to push for more systemic and inclusive human rights policies.

On March 8, 2016, International Women's Day, WEI, released the first-ever global report focused on capturing and conveying the biggest challenges, needs, and concerns of women and girls with disabilities. In the process of gathering data for the report, Enabling a Global Human Rights Movement For Women and Girls with Disabilities, WEI heard from over 280 activists in 69 countries, spanning six continents – all working on behalf of women’s and girls’ disability rights, women’s rights and/or disability rights.