Founded in 2002 by 7 women with disabilities & 1 professional volunteer, the Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association (EWDNA) is a nonprofit organization based in Addis Ababa that is committed to building the capacity of women with disabilities through
§ the provision of services in rehabilitation, education, & skills training;
§ the promotion of mobility & accessibility, reproductive health, & HIV/AIDS education/support; and
§ the full participation of persons with disabilities amongst government bodies, civil society groups, and society at-large
Today, EWDNA’s members total more than 1,150 women with disabilities across 6 regions (Mekele, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Adama, Diredawa, & Harar).
To enable and empower women with disabilities to become active, productive, and competitive participants in society.
To build the capacity of women with disabilities through the provision of services in rehabilitation, education, livelihoods development, and independent living.
To raise the standard of living and overall quality of life for women with disabilities (one of the most marginalized groups in society) throughout Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association (EWDNA) is a disabled people's organization (DPOs) and registered Ethiopian Charity Association focused on promoting the rights of disabled women to participate in every sphere of the society and to have access to social services & employment opportunities. EWDNA is also a member of the Federation for....
EWDNA is comprised of a Board of Directors who are selected from the General Assembly and have members representing various disability types. The Executive Director runs the overall program of the Association. The Branch associations in each of the 6 current regions are autonomous. The role of the head office is to provide technical assistance and help build the capacity of the regional associations.
Over the years, EWDNA has accomplished much with the help of various governmental bodies, NGOs, individuals, volunteers, and other supporters. Its activities mainly focus on awareness-raising on disability issues, income-generating activities, vocational skills training, counseling services, and capacity-building initiatives in general.