On the 21st and 22nd November in Togo, self-advocates from across Africa took part in Empower US self-advocacy training with the support of local organisation APAPE and Inclusion Africa.
Empower Us leader Mark from Malawi and Empower Us intern Jayne from Kenya led the training which included sessions on ‘What is good support’, ‘How to start a self-advocacy group’ and ‘Advocacy in Action’.
The 16 self-advocates, from 10 countries shared the big issues for people with intellectual disabilities in their communities. These big issues included, discrimination, exclusion, violence, and lack of job opportunities. Through workshop activities the self-advocates with their supporters worked together and spoke about how self-advocacy can help us to speak up for inclusion and how using international laws like the CRPD can help challenge the big issues.
Self-advocates fed back that the training was useful and that they would be taking home the things they had learnt to share with other self-advocates in their communities.
Congratulations and well done to all the self-advocates and their supporters for their hard work.
The Empower Us team will be producing a more detailed report about the training in Togo in the next few weeks so please follow our social media accounts on twitter @_EmpowerUs and Facebook to find out more!