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Offer: 7th Annual International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)-- Deadline to apply: 13 January 2013

WILD will bring together approximately 30 women leaders with disabilities from around the world to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions, and build international networks of support for inclusive international development programming.

The deadline to apply is January 13, 2013. WILD is a very competitive program and we receive a very large number of applications for limited spaces. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early. Also, applications for WILD 2013 will be available in Spanish, French and English.

Applications are now available online.

Program Details

When: August 3 - 24, 2013 (Tentative)

Where: Eugene, Oregon, USA

Application Process

The application process is highly competitive, and eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Applicants must be:

  • A woman with a disability
  • Citizen and/or resident of a country in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East or South Pacific
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Proficient in English, French, Spanish or Sign Language with at least conversational American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Note: MIUSA uses ASL interpreters who are experienced and skilled at providing interpretation for individuals who use different sign languages.

Applicants must 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 civil society or other organizations committed to the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities
  • Commitment to and capacity for increasing leadership opportunities of women with disabilities in the community and/or country
  • Commitment to and capacity for increasing the participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs

Program Overview

The WILD program will include interactive workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women and girls with disabilities which may include:

  • Strategies for implementing national and international policies and legislation, including the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disability Policy
    Educational rights and opportunities including higher education, specialized and inclusive schools, policy and legal rights, services and accommodations for accessibility
  • Health and family issues including parenting, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and violence prevention
  • Using the media
  • Strategies for leadership, including networking and coalition building
  • Organizational development and sustainability, including funding resources and strategies, and fostering partnerships with community organizations and businesses
  • Inclusive international development, including exchanging strategies for inclusion with representatives from U.S-based international development organizations and/or human rights organizations
  • Cultural and team-building experiences, including living with a local host family
  • Goals and action planning sessions, including plans for the transfer of information from WILD to other women and girls with disabilities

Apply Now!

Download the Application:

French (Coming soon)
Application available in alternative formats upon request

Applications must be submitted to:
Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
Attention: WILD 2013
Fax: +1-541-343-6812

Program Cost & Scholarships

Accepted participants will be responsible for:

  • $250 USD program fee
  • NOTE: Scholarships are available based on applicant’s demonstrated financial need. Accepted participants will be provided with a scholarship application AFTER they have been accepted to the WILD program.

  • Costs related to obtaining a current, valid passport and U.S. visa, including travel costs to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the home country
  • Personal incidentals
  • Supplemental meals, snacks and beverages

MIUSA will provide:

  • Documentation to support applications for a B1/B2 U.S. visa
  • Roundtrip airplane tickets in economy class for participants to travel from home countries to Eugene, Oregon, USA
  • Travel health insurance during the WILD program
  • All main meals, lodging, program activities and accessible transportation during the WILD program
  • Spoken and sign language interpretation during formal program activities, workshops, discussion and site visits
  • Disability-related accommodations, including sign language interpreters, travel costs for personal assistants, etc
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