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Community dialogues addressing people with disability as vulnerable group for Gender-based violence

NICDAM aims to present Community Dialogues to address the protection needs of people with disability against gender-based violence.

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What problem does your idea solve?

People with disability who were victimized have the lowest level of access to resources and support. The proposed community dialogues and community mobilization will bring those with and those without disabilities as well as those holding resources and providing services, together to deal with the situation and find their own solutions.

Explain your idea

The idea is to present community dialogues to highlight the plight of people with disability in terms of victimization and violence using the CCE methodology. A. Relationship building and inviting: The CCE facilitation team link with individuals, groups, and service providers including: • Individuals with physical, audio and visual disabilities; • Organisations and informal groups who represent people with disabilities; • Service providers who are responsible to serve people with disability • Service providers and CBOs who provide services to victims of violence • The business and funding sector who might be willing to contribute resources; • Formal and informal leaders and influential people in the community; and • Government departments who have a responsibility They are visited and invited to come to the dialogue. At the dialogue they will have the opportunity to pledge their support and become part of the solution. As to promote disability mainstreaming and mutual understanding and support, invited participants will also include the general population. B&C. Concern Identification and Exploitation On the day of the dialogue, the following facilitation process is followed: Step 1 - Introduction of participants The facilitator asks the participants to get into pairs of people with disability and those without. Each participant will share the following information about him/herself • Name and Surname • Commun

Who benefits?

Areas of low service provision including rural areas, areas with limited infrastructure, inaccessible areas and secluded areas will be selected to ensure reach of the most affected groups of people with disability. NICDAM proposes to work with ~3120 people with disability to participate in the community dialogues, ~3000 members of the broader community, and 300 stakeholders and service providers.

How is your idea unique?

NICDAM has been delivering community dialogues according to the CCE methodology in a number of fields and with different topics but we have never been able to reach and include people with disabilities. The proposed idea creates a unique opportunity to combine our valuable knowledge and skills in two fields and to address the issues that we have been aware of for a long time but were unable to address to date. It will also provide an opportunity to use a proven methodology in a new way, never been used before. What makes our idea unique is that people with disability will have the opportunity to meet amongst themselves and to meet with community members whom they have never met and would not meet under normal circumstances. For NICDAM, the idea gives us the opportunity to plant ourselves as a more prominent role-player in the disability sector and to get into a position where we can contribute more and better towards the safety and wellness of people with disability.

Tell us more about you

NICDAM is a well established Non-Profit Organisation working in social development and victim empowerment sector for the past 15 years. The national office is situated in the centrally situated capital of the country in the Gauteng provincial but we are well known and integrated into victim empowerment operations in all nine provinces. We have executed large scale projects on national level to the satisfaction of various government departments and clients

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

We are confident that –with our vast experience in community development- we will be able to deal with all the logistical issues that might occur. The only concern that we have is reaching the desired number of participants with disability in the areas where we know we need to go. A strategy will be developed with local level role-players to make sure those people who don’t have the opportunity to air their views, are reached.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • South Africa

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Idea Maturity

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it.


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Photo of embracekulture

Jack, you have touched on a big issue we experience in Uganda as well. How is the CCE program delivered? Do you train trainers or work directly with the community members? How many days? Do you intend to target specific disabilities? Bringing together those with and without disabilities is critical. Well done in making that point.

Photo of Ashley Tillman

embracekulture great questions! Jack Peeters would also love to learn a few more details about your program!