Preparedness of civil society in Botswana to advance disability inclusion in programmes addressing gender-based and other forms of violence against women and girls with disabilities

African Journal of Disability


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Preparedness of civil society in Botswana to advance disability inclusion in programmes addressing gender-based and other forms of violence against women and girls with disabilities
 
Creator Hanass-Hancock, Jill Mthethwa, Nomfundo Molefhe, Malebogo Keakabetse, Tshiamo
 
Subject violence, inclusion gender-based violence (GBV); violence; HIV; Botswana; participation
Description Background: In low-income and middle-income countries women and girls with disabilities are more likely to experience violence than those without disabilities. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) can help to address this. However, in countries like Botswana we know little about the preparedness of NGOs and DPOs to increase inclusion in and access to programmes addressing violence.Objectives: To explore the capacity and preparedness of NGOs and DPOs to ensure that women and girls with disabilities can participate in and access programmes addressing violence.Methods: A qualitative study was undertaken using interviews with 17 NGOs and DPOs in Botswana to understand the organisations’ level of and ability to deliver programmes addressing violence against women and girls.Results: Both NGOs and DPOs lack elements of universal design and reasonable accommodation, and thus are inaccessible to some people with disabilities. Some programmes address violence against women but lack skills and resources to accommodate people with disabilities. In contrast, DPOs work with people with disabilities, but lack focus on violence against women with disabilities. Participants identified opportunities to fill these gaps, including adaptation of policies and structural changes, training, approaches to mainstream disability across programmes, development of disability-specific interventions and improved networking.Conclusions: Botswana’s NGOs and DPOs are well positioned to address violence against women and girls with disabilities, but need to increase their accessibility, staff knowledge and skills and disability inclusion. Training, resource allocation and participation of women with disabilities in NGOs and DPOs is needed to drive this change
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor SAMRC, IDM and BCD
Date 2020-07-28
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v9i0.664
 
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 9 (2020); 13 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/664/1368 https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/664/1367 https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/664/1369 https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/664/1366
 
Coverage Botswana 2017-2019 representatives of DPOs and NGOs
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Jill Hanass-Hancock, Nomfundo Mthethwa, Malebogo Molefhe, Tshiamo Keakabetse https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0