MSH LMG Project Launches Photo Exhibit on Women Activists with Disabilities

 {Photo credit: Ariadna Capasso}Pat Nicklin, MSH Vice President of Global Partnerships, Marketing and Communications, opens the event.Photo credit: Ariadna Capasso

The MSH-led, USAID funded Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project and Mobility International USA in collaboration with World Learning and the World Bank, are sponsoring the "Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Women Activists with Disabilities" photo exhibition in Washington, DC. Launched on Spetember 21, the exhibit features photos and life stories of women activists with disabilities who have participated in the Mobility International USA Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program. The exhibit is drawn from the book of photos by the same name.

[Karen Excel of USAID] {Photo credit: Ariadna Capasso}Karen Excel of USAIDPhoto credit: Ariadna Capasso

The opening drew about 100 participants from 10 countries, including NGOs, donors, development agencies, and activists with disabilities.

The event opened with an introduction by GPMC Vice President Pat Nicklin, who was followed by Karen Excel, Director of USAID's Office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.

Mobility International USA presented a video about the WILD program, which is designed to develop leadership abilities among women with disabilities. Amplified through a trainer-of-trainers approach, the program has reached an initial 200 women with disabilities and been replicated for another 400 women.

Ariadna Capasso of the FCI Program of MSH moderated a panel discussion featuring programs and success stories from various organizations working for the social inclusion and empowerment of women with disabilities.

Other speakers included: Mobility International USA CEO Susan Sygall, who discussed her organization's work, including the WILD program; Jennifer Whatley talked about World Learning's programs that generate learning and exchanges to foster engaged citizens; and grassroots activist Zaruhi Batoyan of Armenia, a young blogger and social media activist with a mobile disability, shared her experiences as founder of the organization Disability Info, as well as her experience directing the National Disability Advocacy Coalition.

The event closed with Susan Sygall and Global Disability Advisor for the World Bank, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo.

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