Member, ILEP Panel of Women and Men Affected by Leprosy
These organizations empower people and give them space to develop skills and leadership abilities. They know exactly the specific problems they face, and they have a crucial role in bringing about sustainable solutions. They address local and national policies, in order to ensure human rights for people affected. For all these reasons, they need to be strong.
While some women are leading the change in many organizations and institutions, many other women and girls do not have access to the same opportunities as men. I would like to see organizations of people affected make sure that women are participating significantly and have access to all opportunities and roles within the organization, especially leadership skills training and leadership roles.
I wish to see people affected share their stories, actions and their passion for inclusion globally, in order to encourage those in other countries to tackle similar challenges. People affected engage in a process through which we come to speak with one “voice” that will give us unity and strength on a global level. We must take the lead in global advocacy to ensure human rights for every person affected by leprosy.