Breaking Barriers: DLAF's Deaf-In-Tech Convenes Conversation on Gender and Disability Inclusion

Date: 20th, January 2024 

Data-Lead Africa Foundation’s (DLAF) Deaf-In-Tech initiative took a powerful step towards a more inclusive future, convening a two-day workshop to tackle the often overlooked intersection of gender and disability in the workforce. Supported by ActionAid Nigeria through the GAC funded WVL project, the program brought together diverse stakeholders from public and private sectors, NGOs, and the international community.

Day 1: Unveiling the Challenges, Charting the Path
The discussion delved into the real-world experiences of women with disabilities in the employment landscape. Challenges like lack of accessibility, discriminatory hiring practices, and limited opportunities for growth were brought to light, sparking an insightful exchange of ideas on potential solutions.
A key takeaway was the crucial link between advocacy for disability inclusion and demanding accessibility and reasonable accommodations. While systemic change is fundamental, individual efforts like skill development, networking, and proactive career exploration were also recognized as vital steps towards securing meaningful employment.

Day 2: Inclusion Beyond a Buzzword: Embracing Equity and Diversity
The conversation evolved on Day 2, focusing on practical strategies to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workforce. Setting the stage, keynote speaker Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu, Executive Director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Policy Innovation Center, delivered a powerful message: Inclusion is not an afterthought, it’s the foundation. Embracing it as a fundamental human right and ensuring everyone has a voice are crucial for true inclusivity.
The workshop actively explored ways to bridge the gap between rhetoric and reality. Participants exchanged best practices, discussed innovative models for creating accessible workplaces, and brainstormed how to champion disability-inclusive policies within their organizations.

More than just a workshop, Deaf-In-Tech ignited a movement. It provided a platform for critical conversations, knowledge sharing, and collaborative action. As the echoes of the event resonate, DLAF remains committed to working tirelessly towards building a world where disability and gender are not barriers, but catalysts for empowerment and success.

Join the conversation! Share your thoughts and experiences on social media using #DeafInTech, #WVLProject, and #InclusiveWorkforce. Let’s keep the momentum going and work together to create a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

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