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A young woman wearing a mask stands in front of a sign that says "advocacy"
Dec. 2023

Winnie Naiga, Ugandan Youth Councilor

In 2020, Winnie Naiga, a now 27-year-old Ugandan woman with a psychosocial disability, decided to run for the position of youth councilor in her Village Youth Commitee.


I wanted to fight for those people who don’t have a voice, for people who have problems. I really wanted to change society.


During the campaign, Winnie encountered discrimination; she was told that she could not make good decisions for ...

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Gabrielle McKenzie on tv screen at an event. Other panelists sit on stage in front of US flags
June 2023

Young Advocate Redefines Health Education For Persons With Disabilities

I was quite honored, and I feel like having a person with a disability on the panel was very important because a lot of these programs benefit us; I was so happy to share what we go through, especially girls and women in Guyana.

- Gabrielle McKenzie

While Gabrielle McKenzie worked with students with disabilities in Guyana, she noticed an absence of curriculum about sexual health. She knew ...

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April 2023

Summit for Democracy Disability Rights Cohort Concept Note

One out of every seven people in the world has a disability, yet citizens with disabilities remain under-represented in political and public life. Participation of persons with disabilities in government institutions, public policy, and legislation provides the basis for promoting equality in all aspects of society by breaking down social stigmas and increasing accountability. Active engagement in elections ...

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