Inclusion International, with support from Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, hosted a regional forum, Strengthening Our Voices; Strengthening our Movement, in Sharjah, UAE, November 27 – 28, 2013.
More than 100 families and self-advocates from more than 10 countries in the MENA region came together to talk about decision-making and II’s global campaign, The Right to Decide.
The regional forum reinforced that securing the right of people with intellectual disabilities to make decisions must have a focus on being included in communities and helping build relationships so that people are known and valued by their communities.
The rich discussions provided useful insights into the unique challenges in the MENA region in regards to support people with intellectual disabilities to make decisions – chiefly among them: cultural and religious norms and gender issues.
The event was also an opportunity to connect with our members in the MENA region about Inclusion International’s membership review and explore how to strengthen our movement together.