Nairobi 31 October- 1st November, 2015
Ms. Fatma Wangare, an Inclusion Africa Board member, was elected to ADF’s first Executive Council as the Representative for families having a member with a disability. Fatma was elected alongside 8 other representatives for four-year terms at the ADF’s historic, first General Assembly, held in Nairobi, from October 31st to November 1st, 2015. Inclusion Africa’s Fatma Wangare (Treasurer), Jabulane Dikgale (Chair) and Shikuku Obosi (Coordinator) participated in the General Assembly.
ADF is the pan-African membership organization of Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) at continental, sub-regional and national levels, created to unify and amplify the voice of persons with disabilities in Africa and strengthen the technical capacity of their organizations. Until this meeting, Africa was the only region of the world without a democratic, representative, regional disability forum of member DPOs. Inclusion Africa’s election to ADF is significant in that it will ensure that families are not left behind in policy decisions are made concerning people with disabilities in Africa.
The ADF, now formally established, will work closely with the African Union, the United Nations and its specialized organizations, key international and regional disability organizations, including the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and the European Disability Forum (EDF), as well as with African development organizations and academic institutions. The Forum is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.