National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal (NIDWAN)

Despite making up nearly 40 percent of Nepal’s population, Indigenous peoples have been all but erased from the country’s constitution. As for Indigenous women with disabilities—visibility, support, and legal protections have often been non-existent. Founded in the aftermath of the country’s devastating 2015 earthquake, NIDWAN has supported this triply invisible population by harnessing the collective power of their voices and leadership to demand full social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental rights. Today, NIDWAN is a model for bridging the gaps between disability justice, Indigenous rights, and women’s leadership. In Nepal and on the global stage, they are demonstrating the lasting power of women-led organizations with a strong intersectional lens to promote and protect the rights of communities most at the margins.


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