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H.R.H Princess Celenhle is a Social Entrepreneur focused on the promotion and achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is involved with a number of African grassroots-driven organisations, seeking and implementing indigenous and culturally sensitive solutions to social problems in Africa, chiefly addressing Education, HIV / AIDS, Gender Equality, Disability, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Sustainability. Her Royal Highness holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, & Management Advancement Program (MAP73) both from Wits Business School; and a Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration degree from Bennett College in North Carolina, USA. She is the currently the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Ubuntu Institute, as well as the Director of AOI Consulting, both organizations whose missions include providing significant and life changing stepping-stones for the youth towards their empowerment. Princess Celenhle is Deputy Chairwoman for the National Delphic Council South Africa (NDCSA), and…
Background - I have been suffering from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis for most of my life, since the age of four. Every single joint in my body is severely affected and as a result I experience mobility limitations. Growing up in a small town, society and people did not give me much of a chance and did not believe that I would grow up to be an independent adult living life to the fullest. Fortunately I did not allow others perception of my disability to limit me (it has delayed achieving some dreams, but I have achieved it) and continue to push forward to do the things that I know I can do. As a disability activist, I strive to make a difference in disabled and all other people’s lives, so that we all can enjoy our human rights and respect each other. My family mean everything to me and with…
Background - I am a proud woman with a disability, but it was a painful journey until I got to this point. And then God graced me with two beautiful children, Aimee and Adam. Adam had Cerebral Palsy and sadly passed away Aug 2017 at the age of 15 years. Initially I needed to dig very deep into my journey of strength and self-acceptance. And this journey I would like to share with other women that are going through similar experiences. I am blessed to be able to be an activist and an advisor to both abled and disabled persons. I am the CEO of Artscape Theatre Centre. I use my experiences to mentor company executives, government institutions how to overcome their fear to employ persons with disabilities. My purpose in life is to highlight the lack of “humanity” which marginalized groups face on a daily basis in South Africa,…
I am 15 years old and was diagnosed with Congenital Myopathy at the age of 3 years. This is a disease that causes weakness throughout the skeletal muscle, meaning that my muscles cause me to become weak. During 2011 I was also diagnosed with Scoliosis and as a result of this, I have been attending home schooling. I also do a course in web design and I attend computer classes. I love doing art, crochet work, needle work, mosaic and knitting. I have recently become a Youth Ambassador for WAND (Women’s Achievement Network for Disability) for the Gauteng area. The aim of WAND is to raise the profile of disabled girls by raising awareness of the challenges and achievements of girls with disabilities. I am looking forward to be part of the WAND network as I will be given an opportunity to learn many new things. I am especially looking…
Women with disabilities can achieve the following:
There are globally various initiatives and programmes being implemented to ensure that the rights of women and girls with disabilities are protected and promoted.UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesThe UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities acknowledges that women and girls with disabilities experience multiple discrimination. This means that disabled women experience barriers and discrimination based on grounds of being a woman and having a disability. With the launching of the WAND initiative, we aim to implement measures that comply with the following Articles of the UNCRPD: Article 6 - Women with disabilities Article 8 - Awareness Raising Article 9 – Accessibility Article 16 - Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community Article 23 - Respect for home and the family Article 24 - Education Article 25 - Health Article 27 - Work and employment…
Persons with disabilities from 13 countries in Africa state that they are “..Encouraged by the growing awareness and political willingness following the adoption of the UN CRPD, as a human rights and development instrument, signed by 45 African countries and ratified by 35..” The Nairobi Declaration Post-2015 Development Agenda targets: Gender equality and women's empowerment 13. “..Girls and Women with disabilities are facing multiple discriminations in many areas of family and community life and are more exposed to violence..” 14. “..We want the post 2015 development agenda to ensure that girls and women with disabilities are explicitly, adequately included and actively involved in all programs and policies aiming at gender equality and girls and women’s empowerment..”
The African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (1999-2009) was adopted by the 35th Session of the OAU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Algiers, Algeria in July 1999. The 1st AU Conference of Ministers of Social Development, which convened in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-31 October 2012, extended the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2010-2019. The goal of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2010 – 2019) is the full participation, equality and empowerment of people with disabilities in Africa. Here are the African Union’s goal and priority actions for women with disabilities: 2.2.1.3 Women with disabilities Goal - Achieve full participation and equal rights for women with disabilities. Priority Actions Member States: To raise public awareness on the rights of people with disabilities, especially focusing on women in rural areas; To develop programmes to address the needs of women with disabilities during the…