WHO we are

Disabled Women in Africa (DIWA) is an independent organisation of Women with disabilities working throughout Africa. DIWA was formed in 2002 as a subcommittee of the Pan African Federation of the Disabled (PAFOD), but due to the unique challenges that are faced by women and girls with disabilities and the administrative challenges experienced in the past it has steadily been moving its operations away from the federation and is now an independent Regional entity registered in Zimbabwe as a charity trust and as an NGO in Malawi. These two offices often collaborate and the headquarters of DIWA is fully established in Malawi.

DIWA focuses its work on women and girls with disabilities because it is a group of people that are found to experience greater discrimination than men with disabilities and non-disabled women, arising from the dual effect of their gender and disability.


African women and girls with disabilities enjoy their rights, influence their destiny and are free from any gender and disability based discrimination.


To empower African women and girls with disabilities through research, information sharing, networking, partnership and capacity development for unity in diversity.

DIWA Objectives

  1. To ensure that women with disabilities in Africa are empowered to exercise their rights and positively influence their life situation;
  2. To promote effective communication and networking between women with disabilities in Africa and internationally in order to share information and knowledge on how to improve women with disabilities lives;
  3. To provide a forum for full and deliberative debate on the needs and aspirations of women with disabilities in Africa;
  4. To lobby and advocate for legislation, policies and practices that promote the interests and inclusion of women with disabilities in Africa;
  5. To promote Gender Mainstreaming in Disabled People’s Organizations in Africa;
  6. To spearhead the inclusion of women with disabilities in the systems, structures, organizations, and in the leadership of the Disability Movement in Africa;
  7. To advance Disability Mainstreaming in civil society organizations, in particular women’s organizations, development agencies, service providers, and government programmes and policies;
  8. To encourage the full participation of women with disabilities in all socio-economic, political and cultural spheres;
  9. To encourage the formation and development of structures and organizations of women with disabilities and to strengthen them in regions where they are weak;
  10. To promote unity of purpose among women with disabilities and the wider disability movement in order to strengthen their voice


  • Full participation of women and girls with disabilities
  • Non-discrimination
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Recognition of diversity in disability and humanity
  • Transparency in management.
  • Equality


Ruth Mkutumula

Country Director

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Rachel Kachaje

The Executive Director

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Rejoice Masebo

Project Manager

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Annie Mandundu

Finance Officer

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