On International Women's Day 2020, CBM launches its new Disability and Gender Analysis Toolkit to help us ‘walk the talk’ on disability and gender equality.
Even in 2020, the work to bring about real equality for women and girls is still a global and local challenge. For women and girls with disability this is an even greater challenge. Disability is far from gender neutral and people with disabilities of all impairment groups and gender identities face multiple forms of discrimination and disadvantage, including much higher rates of abuse and violence.
CBM’s new Disability and Gender Analysis Toolkit has been developed to support staff, partners and allies in strengthening capacity to address systemic and deeply entrenched discriminatory practices and specifically to meet our Programme Quality Standards. It provides practical tools for stronger disability and gender analysis to inform our planning, practice and systems. The toolkit provides practical assessment templates and guidance for individuals, organisations and programmes to identify strengths and gaps and to develop focussed action plans to improve practice.
It was important for us to develop a practical resource with staff, partners and Disabled People's Organisations that could help us to evidence how to bring about gender transformative change and disability equality in all areas of our work. Quite early on we realised that it was not enough to focus on programmes, we equally needed a resource that could address individual attitudes, as well as organisational structures, systems and practices.Kathy Al Ju’beh, CBM’s lead on capacity development and co-author of the toolkit.
The toolkit is open source and is available to other organisations looking to strengthen their approach to disability and gender equality; it can also be adapted to address other marginalised identities. We are always looking to continually build our capacity and promote disability and gender equality for all. Please send any feedback/comments or request for further information to Kathy.Aljubeh(at)cbm(dot)org.