Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD – USA) annually brings together approximately 30 women leaders with disabilities to strengthen leadership skills, create new visions and build international networks of support.
During the 3-week program in USA, participants take part in workshops and discussions, conduct on-site visits, and participate in team-building activities, to explore challenges and exchange strategies for increasing leadership opportunities and employment of women and girls with disabilities internationally.
Program activities focus on priority issues for women with disabilities, including:
- Leadership for economic empowerment
- Rights and opportunities
- Career planning and higher education
- Employment strategies
- Health and family issues
- Using the media and coalition building
- Organizational development and sustainability
- Inclusive international development programs
- Cultural and team-building
- Mentorship and networking
- Goals and action plans
Limited scholarships may be available based on applicant’s demonstrated financial need. Application deadline is March 1.
Who Can Apply
- Emerging and established women leaders with disabilities from around the world who demonstrate:
- Personal experience with disability, an understanding of issues, and a commitment to working for the rights of women and girls with disabilities
- Membership in an organization led by and for people with disabilities, or by and for women, with particular attention to issues of women and girls with disabilities; or employment in a business or program committed to inclusion of women and girls with disabilities
- Commitment to and capacity for increasing leadership opportunities and employment of women with disabilities in the community and/or country
- Round-trip airplane tickets for participants to travel from home countries to USA
- Travel health insurance during the WILD program
- Food, lodging, program activities and accessible public transportation during the WILD program
- Disability-related accommodations, including sign language interpreters, funding for personal assistants, etc.
For more information and application, see; Women Leadership and Disability Scholarships.