Category: Disability Advocacy

The Shadow Pandemic: Remembering Women and Girls with Disabilities

by Kupenda

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, all types of violence against women and girls, particularly those with disabilities, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. What better time to act than, today, on the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination…



NGO in Western Kenya Replicates Kupenda’s Disability Training for Faith Leaders

by Isaiah Ochieng, Organizing Secretary for Together We Succeed, a community-based organization that supports disability justice work in Kenya

Sasa Harambee, an NGO in Western Kenya, learned about Kupenda through an online search that brought them to open source Online Library of disability training materials. A few months later, they invited Christian and Muslim leaders in their community to an Interfaith Disability Training, based on our workshop model. The following article, written by one…



“I Had to Punish Her”: New Perspectives on Domestic Violence

by Jessica Charles

Talk of “domestic violence” often elicits images of a raging parent or partner. Someone angry, cruel, and controlling. But what if, for some, domestic violence is an obligation. Even an expectation. “Then I went to drink. I had to become very drunk so I could get the courage to beat my wife. I had to…



October is Depression Awareness Month

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

October is depression awareness month and we wanted to highlight how our work is helping people who struggle with this emotional health issue. We recognize that depression is a disability. It is also important to highlight that people with other disabilities and their families experience depression at much higher rates than others. This is often…



Impact of Covid-19 on Children with Disabilities

by Kupenda

Earlier this month, Save the Children launched the Protect a Generation report on the results of a global survey on the impact of COVID-19 which showed that children with pre-existing health conditions and disabilities have experienced reduced access to essential care and assistive devices, due to lockdowns and the prioritization of COVID-19 treatments. 85% of parents/caregiver with disabilities lost more…



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