The development sector in recent years has been working to strengthen safeguarding practices. However, there has been a clear gap in ensuring that safeguarding policy and practices within organisations are inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities, this is despite the fact that evidence has shown that persons with disability are more vulnerable to abuse.
The objective of the webinar is that organisations learn about how to take into consideration disability inclusion principles within their safeguarding processes. The webinar also highlights the importance of disability inclusion in an organisation safeguarding policy and processes, addressing as well, accessible reporting mechanisms and programme reporting checklist.
The Panellists share insights on their own safeguarding procedures which are inclusive for persons with disabilities, they also share the challenges and successes of an inclusive approach to safeguarding and demonstrate how organisations can develop more inclusive safeguarding processes within their organisations.
- Lucy N. Muchiri, Technical Adviser for social inclusion ECSA region
Lucy Muchiri works as a technical advisor for social inclusion for Sightsavers in East Africa, and southern Africa region an is based in Kenya. She is currently taking a masters in gender and has a degree in counselling psychology and sociology. Lucy has worked in both emergency and programming and over has 11 years’ working experience in different local and international organisations Child helpline, Humanity and Inclusion, Catholic relief services and Sightsavers International. She has worked in different programmes Child protection, GBV and disability. Part of the roles she has taken included a role as a safeguarding focal point where she supported programmes in different countries to put up safeguarding mechanisms. She currently supports the RSH programme in ensuring that the products are inclusive.
- Tushita Mukherjee, Project Officer, Sightsavers India
Tushita works as a project officer at Sightsavers, in Rajasthan state of India. Her academic training has been in human development and childhood studies and she has had a varied experience of working with historically marginalized communities across India. Her commitment to human rights has become stronger through the work she has done in the areas of sexual and reproductive health rights, abortion, gender-based violence, disability, education, livelihood, and empowerment. She has supported the partner organizations in developing their respective safeguarding policy and provided training to them as well.
- Richard Musisi, Program Coordinator at Masaka Association of Persons with Disabilities living with HIV&AIDS (MADIPHA), Uganda
Richard is the Executive Director of Masaka Association of Persons with Disabilities Living with HIV&AIDS (MADIPHA). He looks back to well more than ten years of promoting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities with high support needs (deaf blind children, people with disabilities living with HIV&AIDS or tuberculosis and youth with disabilities) in the greater Masaka sub region. Focusing on equal opportunities and rights on access to employment, health, livelihoods, independent living and participation in community development among Persons with Disabilities. Richard holds a Bachelor's degree in Development studies and Diploma in Mobility Based Rehabilitation.
- Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi - Senior Advisor of the Nigeria Resource and Support Hub
Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi is the Senior Advisor of the Nigeria Resource and support hub. She is a medical doctor and international health, women, peace and security, gender and human rights expert. Dr Nwadinobi is also currently the President of the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA).