Application Deadline June 16, 2021
Women and Girls with disabilities (WGWD) account for almost one-fifth of the world’s population of women and have the same Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) needs as women and girls without disabilities. However, due to multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination based on gender, disability and poverty, they face unique and pervasive barriers to full realization of their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). Some of the key issues are:
To improve access to SRHR for persons with disabilities, DRAC collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health, with strategic inputs from a broad range of stakeholders to develop the National Policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Persons with Disabilities with Emphasis on Women and Girls.
The policy is the first of its kind and provides a policy and program direction to Government, Civil Society Organizations, Development Partners and the organized Private Sector on how to deal with reproductive health concerns of persons with disabilities especially women and girls. However, there is little or no effort to ensure its implementation and improve access to quality SRH services for women and girls with disabilities.
Towards improving access to SRH services for women and girls with disabilities while creating demand for these services, DRAC is calling on young people with wonderful and impactful ideas to participate in the Innovation Challenge on Disability & SRHR.
The Innovation Challenge will bring together young people interested in making a difference in the lives of women and girls with disabilities to develop and pitch their innovative and implementable solutions to improving SRHR outcomes for WGWDs and bring SRHR services closer to those of them at the grassroot level.
These are the thematic areas from the policy:
To participate in the Innovation Challenge, you must::
Download and study the National Policy on SRHR of persons with disabilities to give you a good understanding of the SRHR issues of women and girls with disabilities
Select ONLY one of the thematic areas and tell us about your innovative idea towards addressing the selected thematic area. Applicants may submit only one application.
Click HERE to download the Innovation Challenge Application Form. Completed forms should be submitted to ENTRIES@dracinnovates.org latest by 11:59pm August 7, 2020.
Selected applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas in a 1-day virtual ideation meeting; after which they will be grouped into teams and invited to Abuja for a 3-day development and design session.
The winning idea will have the opportunity to receive seed grants towards completing and piloting their solutions.