What We Do

NFWWD’ Forum of expertise is spreads across the country. Our diverse membership includes grassroots women leaders with disabilities, disabled people’s organizations, national and international organizations, government, human rights agencies and UN

Offering not only a country perspective, but also expertise at national and international levels NFWWDs, create awareness in policy making bodies and increased capacity within other women’s organizations and disabled people’s organization. We share a passion and commitment to empowering women with disabilities to claim and strengthen their rights.

We share experiences in:

  • Legislation
  • Disability Equality
  • Rights of women with disabilities and Human Rights
  • Peer Counseling
  • Community Based Inclusive Development
  • Gender Sensitive Disaster Management
  • Gender and Development Effectiveness

To get in touch with a member of our network, contact the NFWWDs Secretariat.

Trainings

NFWWDs being a network of Disabled People’s Organizations and other key stakeholders in the disability sector are focused on enhancing quality standards in the area of capacity building on a larger scale. NFWWD has an outstanding history in setting the quality scales at various levels of trainings, be it the training at community and field level or the training at international levels.

Peer-Support Group

Keeping in the view that the range of abilities of persons within any disabilities group is enormous, we have a large number of women with disabilities in Pakistan who are taking part in the activities of daily life with courage. Peer-Support Group of Women with Disabilities will work as the landmark to empower women with disabilities confined at homes particularly in rural areas.

The issue of disability is gaining more and more importance all over the world as well as in Pakistan due the disability movement for a “rights based society” since almost two decades.

Government have framed various policies for PWDs with Disabled Persons Organizations, INGOs, NGOs and other disability stockholders which include reservation of jobs, concession facilities in travelling, special training institutions etc. The Government of Pakistan has made efforts to support the rights of Persons with Disabilities in the view of Biwako Millennium Framework (BMF) and National Policy on disability and now Pakistan has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

However, despite these efforts, the sad fact is that most people with disabilities especially women with disabilities and their families remain completely un-served by government, NGOs and even in Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) persons with disabilities they often feel difficulty to live with dignity in their respective communities.

Through peer-counseling, peer-counselors can support them to deal with such anxiety by sharing their own experiences and give them confidence that every person has capacity to live independently. Since peer-counselors are PWDs who have similar experiences and they are facing same challenges, it put real significance. It provides a role model, who can serve as a link between the person seeking help and the service provider could also draw on a wide range of unique experiences which cannot be observed by anyone else.

Objectives:

  • To develop the capacity of both peer counselors and staff of Independent Living Centers and Disabled Persons Organizations to sensitize disability stakeholders about the positive aspects of full integration of women with disabilities in society.
  • To consolidate and expand peer support groups and the disability projects. This will provide support and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families to live in community.

Peer Support Diagram

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