“Australia is committed to including people living with disabilities as active participants and beneficiaries of the global aid program; with a strong focus on improving the quality of life of people living with disabilities in developing countries and beyond.” These were the words of Ms Heather Rich, Second Secretary (Development Cooperation) from the Australian High Commission at the Skilled Women with Disabilities Exhibition event to promote skilled women with disabilities in Tanzania.
The exhibition event was facilitated by the Tanzania Australia Alumni Association, in partnership with the Australian High Commission, Nairobi. It brought together persons living with disabilities who showcased their talents and potential in knitting, making bracelets, ornaments, embroidery and clothing. The market fare offered participants an opportunity to promote and buy items in support of the work done by people living with disabilities.
The Chairperson of Tanzania Women with Disabilities Network, alumna Rebecca Eliazar spoke about the barriers, both physical and institutional, that people living with disabilities face. She made a call for support and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the development agenda. Other notable organisations in attendance were The Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner’s office, representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Tanzania Women with Disabilities Network.
Speaking on behalf of Alumni, the president of Tanzania Australia Alumni Association (TAAA) Dr Charles Makasi, reaffirmed the commitment of TAAA to support skilled women living with disabilities by supporting them to create good quality and affordable products.