Congratulations Dibabe Bacha,nominee of ‘International Women of Courage 2024’

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dibabe Bacha for her outstanding achievement as the US Embassy, Addis Ababa nominee for the ‘International Women of Courage 2024’. Dibabe Bacha serves as the Executive Director of the Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association (EWDNA), demonstrating remarkable leadership and dedication in her advocacy efforts.

Dibabe’s nomination is a testament to her relentless commitment to empowering disabled women in Ethiopia. Despite facing personal challenges as a blind woman, she has spearheaded initiatives that have reached marginalized communities in both rural villages and impoverished urban areas, positively impacting over 3500 disabled women.

Dibabe’s advocacy extends beyond the grassroots level; she has successfully advocated for the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Peoples with Disabilities (CRPD) into Ethiopian law. This international framework is crucial in safeguarding the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their full participation in society.

Amidst the backdrop of ongoing armed conflicts in Ethiopia, Dibabe has shifted her focus to addressing the plight of disabled women who are victims of conflict-related sexual violence and Gender-based violence. Her vision encompasses the establishment of a comprehensive rehabilitation center dedicated to supporting disabled women survivors of such atrocities, providing them with the necessary care and resources for recovery.

Dibabe’s unwavering dedication to advancing the rights of disabled women is truly commendable and deserving of recognition. AWiB happily congratulates her as the nominee for this year’s Women of Courage title by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa. Dibabe Bacha’s remarkable contributions serve as an inspiration to us all, highlighting the transformative power of advocacy and determination in creating a more inclusive and equitable society.

Sources

https://www.facebook.com/100068425156159/posts/726092376348261/?mibextid=rS40aB7S9Ucbxw6v

https://www.womankind.org.uk/interview-with-a-womens-rights-activist-dibabe-bacha/

https://defenddefenders.org/human-rights-defender-of-the-month-dibabe-bacha-2/

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