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Gender Dialogue with OPD & WLO

Women and girls with disabilities in Noakhali, like in other parts of the country, are at risk of experiencing different forms of violence such as physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. They also face neglect and discrimination due to their disabilities. Additionally, their families also encounter social barriers and stigma.

A dialogue titled ‘Gender Dialogue with OPD & WLO’ was held on June 25, 2023, at PRAAN Secretariat to discuss the violence faced by women and girls with disabilities in Noakhali. The main focus of the meeting was to address the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and women-led organizations, and to enhance their participation in initiatives aimed at preventing violence against women and other vulnerable individuals with disabilities during disasters.

Sharmin Akter, a participant receiving disability allowance, shared the difficulties she faced while submitting the necessary paperwork for the allowance. Other participants acknowledged that the process is not simple, particularly for individuals with disabilities who are already disadvantaged by poverty or other limitations. They highlighted issues with delays in the disability identification process and instances where individuals with disabilities were required to pay bribes to receive allowances. Some people are also unaware of the process or the services available to them.

The participants emphasized the need for a shared space where the voices of people with disabilities, vulnerable women, and children are heard and respected. Representatives from women-led organizations also expressed their challenges in gaining support and making their activities visible to others. Many of them lack technical skills, which puts them at a disadvantage in today’s advanced world.

During the open discussion, participants shared their experiences, knowledge, and best practices. They identified potential collaborative projects or events involving various organizations, including OPDs (organizations for persons with disabilities), WLOs (women-led organizations), and youth organizations. Some of the collaborative projects suggested were awareness campaigns on disability rights, joint workshops on gender inclusivity, and skill-building programs for individuals with disabilities.

The meeting concluded with an emphasis on the importance of collaboration, unity, and ongoing engagement among the organizations. The participants recognized the value of coming together for meaningful discussions, collaboration, and the identification of joint initiatives to bring about social change and create a more inclusive society.

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