Social Inclusion through Leadership Skills for Disabled Women in Turkmenistan

What is the project about

The overall objective of the project is to promote engagement of women with hearing and visual impairments in policy making and development programming.

Project objectives:

  1. Raise knowledge of hearing and visually impaired women about democratic institutions, modern socio-economic-political processes, gender issues and computer skills.
  2. Strengthen management capacity and leadership skills of hearing and visually impaired women and increase a number of women with disabilities taking managerial positions in the Deaf and Blind Society of Turkmenistan (DBST).
  3. Engage hearing and visually impaired women to play an active role inside the DBST and in the policy dialogues with governmental organizations. 

Planned activities:

The project strategy takes a three-prong approach by focusing on capacity building on communications, advocating and networking of women managers with disabilities, providing them opportunities for practicing leadership skills, and expanding knowledge of women with disabilities.

The training activities will create opportunities for hearing and visually impaired women from different regions to obtain new knowledge on democracy, rule of law, processes of social policy formulation, gender and practice their leadership skills in disability organizations. This approach will fill knowledge gaps and build women’s capacity and confidence for realizing their leadership aspirations and expand opportunities for them and other women to be a part of mainstream society and promote the rights of women with disabilities.

The hot line will work 5 days per week during the project lifecycle to provide consultations and assistance to hearing and visually impaired women on different issues which might include health services, social welfare, placement of disabled children in the special schools, employment opportunities, etc.  

The project will focus on capacity building on communications, advocating and networking of women managers with disabilities and promoting more women with disabilities to take managerial positions inside the disability organizations. A series of study visits will be organized for women to ministries, universities, nonprofit and business organizations, and municipal departments to meet with top level managers and in practice introduce with the role of managers and functions of different agencies.

The project will create opportunities for hearing and visually impaired women to practice their leadership skills in disability organizations and increase their engagement in policy dialogues through organizing meetings and forum discussions with representatives of relevant policy makers and national stakeholders. Guest speakers (top administrators and managers, lawyers, cultural workers, doctors, teachers, etc.) also will be invited to meet with the training participants and speak about their leadership experience and professional career.

The best training participants who demonstrate leadership and strong commitment will be invited to participate in regional conferences or study visits to the World Blind Union, Asian Blind Union, the Society of Deaf of Russian Federation, etc.

Two national level women forums will be organized with involvement and active participation of women leaders to discuss issues of women leadership and social inclusion. These activities will expand the experience of beginner-leaders- and build a connection with other leaders, professionals, and researchers, who are valuable sources of information and expertize for future cooperation.



Who Finances it

Donor Amount contributed, USD
2014
United Nations Democracy Fund $119,225.00
UNDP $20,180.00
2015
United Nations Democracy Fund $96,939.25
UNDP $4,589.00
Total budget: $240933,25
Overview
Status
Active
Project period
2014-2015
Geographic coverage
Ashgabat
Focus area
Human development
Partners
Deaf and Blind Society of Turkmenistan
Focal points
Programme Officer

Mr. Azat Atajanov

E-mail: azat.atajanov@undp.org

Project manager

Ms. Irina Dedova

E-mail: irina.dedova@undp.org

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