Help us fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence on Women and Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Help us fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence on Women and Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Campaign by Down Syndrome South Africa - South Africa
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About Down Syndrome South Africa

We are an NPO working with persons with Down syndrome

About this Campaign

Both men and women with disabilities are subject to discrimination because of their disabilities. Article 6 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) asserts that women and girls with disabilities have a further disadvantage because of their gender and their disability. Concern raised is that women with disabilities have less access to information, and have little opportunity to participate in society on equal basis with others. Violence against women constitutes a major threat to women's health, and for women aged 15-44 years, violence is a major cause of death and disability.

Down Syndrome South Africa (DSSA) is thus committed to finding ways to improve the lives of women and children with intellectual disabilities, promoting the fact that they have the right to live with independence, dignity, and security as valued adults and full citizens in our society. In this proposal, DSSA thus sets the goal and objectives to fight against sexual and gender-based violence of women and children with intellectual disabilities.

Stigma
Stigma can be noted as “the situation of the individual who is disqualified from full social acceptance” or “a negative connotation of inferiority/devaluation of the social category Down syndrome and/or disability”. For many years, this has been the case of individuals with disabilities and specifically Down syndrome. Persons with Down syndrome have been viewed as unable to contribute to society, be productive citizens, or learn in a regular school setting.

Not only does stigma affect those with Down syndrome, but it reaches out to their close friends and family every day as well. Families may receive sympathetic looks or condolences from strangers who believe Down syndrome to be tragic, depressing and a curse brought by ancestors when usually Down syndrome changes families positively.

Contrarily, some families still struggle with a diagnosis because it is not the child they had expected. Some research reveal that of prenatal diagnosed cases result in abortion. Financial burdens on the parents, mental capabilities of the child, and possible birth defects other than the syndrome are all factors among others that could affect a decision for or against abortion.

Speed and level of development as well as the abilities of the child cannot be determined until after birth, leaving the future unknown. Every family will handle the diagnosis differently from the next based on their situation in life.

Use of Funds

This is how we will use the funds :

1) Situational Analysis:
DSSA will conduct a baseline study with DSSA’s Association, Outreach Groups to establish Situation Analysis on the ground in terms of Gender Based Violence –
US$6,000

2) Development of Resources
Developing training pack guidelines and implementation tools for parents / people with intellectual disabilities and service providers – US$8,000

3) Printing of leaflets on Down syndrome. Printing of training booklets packs-
US$1,000

4) Capacity Building: Training of justice and police officials, association managers/directors
US$5,000