Twenty-one disabled women activists from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East have arrived to the U.S. for our 7th international Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) Exchange Program being held this month in Eugene, Oregon.
Embracing the "Loud, Proud, and Passionate ®" theme, WILD women are participating in intensive seminars, workshops and site visits, team building activities such as an outdoor challenge course and river rafting, and staying with local families. These activists, representing diverse disabilities, bring expertise in fields such as law, policy, business, human rights, youth empowerment, education, health, media, HIV/AIDS, and violence prevention.
During WILD we also host the Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI) where delegates meet with representatives from international development agencies later this month. This innovative retreat goes beyond rhetoric and workshops to engage participants in direct dialogue about strategies for including women and girls with disabilities in development projects throughout the world.
For live updates about the program, follow us on our social media and blog. The WILD program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with technical support provided by the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance project. WILD is also supported by generous sponsorship of local businesses and families in Eugene and Springfield.