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Protection

In emergencies and situations of extreme poverty, people with disabilities and vulnerable populations are often neglected. HI implements prevention and response programs against disability, gender and age-based violence.

 
Kenya, Dadaab, unaccompanied girl. She will be cared for by HI throughout her registration to ensure that she has access to the help she needs and that she is not in a situation of insecurity. Kenya, Dadaab, unaccompanied girl. She will be cared for by HI throughout her registration to ensure that she has access to the help she needs and that she is not in a situation of insecurity. Kenya, Dadaab, unaccompanied girl. She will be cared for by HI throughout her registration to ensure that she has access to the help she needs and that she is not in a situation of insecurity. Kenya, Dadaab, unaccompanied girl. She will be cared for by HI throughout her registration to ensure that she has access to the help she needs and that she is not in a situation of insecurity.

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Protection against violence based on disability, gender and age

 

Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime and women with disabilities are up to 10 times more likely to experience sexual violence.

During emergencies and/or in low-income countries protection systems are weakened and disrupted, this places the elderly, women, and children with and without disabilities at an increased risk of multiple forms of violence.

These types of violence are expressed in physical, psychological, sexual or verbal attacks. All these types of violence can lead to death or can cause temporary and/or permanent physical and psychological impairments. Those can in turn generate disabilities due to environmental barriers.

 

Our approach and expertise

 

Since the 1990s, HI has developed a thorough analysis of violence against women and children with disabilities both by conducting qualitative studies and action research, and by designing and implementing prevention and response programmes in several countries such as: Morocco, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Pakistan.

HI has become a key actor in providing disability inclusive Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Child Protection (CP) technical support to other protection actors. Finally, our work on advocacy also contributes in raising awareness about violence against women and children with and without disabilities and fostering alliances between Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs), women's rights organizations and organizations working in child protection.

 

 

Focus project

 

The MIW Gender and Disability project fights violence against women and girls with disabilities in Africa. MIW reaffirms their leadership by supporting grassroots organizations and conducting evidence-based advocacy at all levels.

 

 

 

MAKING IT WORK

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Road safety

 

Road accidents are the 8th leading cause of death worldwide. If nothing is done, they will have moved into 5th place by 2030. Nearly 3,500 people die every day on the roads, and tens of millions are injured. Many of them suffer from disabling after-effects such as paralysis or amputations.

 

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HI is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

HI is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

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