From 8-10 June 2019, Inclusion International and Inclusion Africa headed to Windhoek, Namibia to talk to self-advocates about their rights and how to do advocacy in their communities.
Empower Us team member and Inclusion International council member, Mark Mapemba from Malawi, facilitated the Empower Us self-advocacy training session for a group of nine (9) self-advocates from Namibia and Lesotho.
The self-advocates were representatives from Inclusion International members Namibia Association of Children with Disabilities (NACD) and the Intellectual Disability Association of Lesotho (IDAL).
Empower Us is Inclusion International’s global self-advocacy training program which supports Inclusion International members with their self-advocacy and inclusion work. Empower Us is led by self-advocates.
During the workshop, Mark talked to self-advocates from Namibia and Lesotho about what self-advocacy is, what good support for self-advocates is like, rights within the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other human rights laws, and what it means to be an advocate in your community. Self-advocates thought about the things they want to advocate for in their own lives, and made plans for how to start being an advocate for issues that are important to them.
Self-advocates at the session also talked about how they can stay connected and bring more self-advocates into the self-advocacy movement in their home countries. Self-advocates from NADC have already formed a committee to plan how to spread the word about self-advocacy in Namibia, and we’re excited to see their work grow!