Sightsavers Reports

Political participation in West Africa: The effective participation of men and women with disabilities in political life

Status: Recently completed

Main Objectives

  • To determine the differences in levels of political participation by people with disabilities based on gender, age and impairment
  • To determine the percentage of people with disabilities who have voted in local and/or national elections
  • To determine the number and percentage of people with disabilities registered to vote
  • To determine the number and percentage of people with disabilities registered with a political party
  • To determine the number of people with disabilities who have a birth certificate

Summary

Political participation is an important milestone in demanding and asserting one’s human rights. For people with disabilities, particularly women, the ability to participate in politics at community, district or national level is challenging.

This baseline study, a population-based cross-sectional survey, examined the differences between people with and without disabilities relating to their political participation in Cameroon and Senegal. It generated evidence to inform Sightsavers’ programmes and extended partners; including but not limited to governments and others working in the area of disability.

In Cameroon the study was was be conducted by Sightsavers in collaboration with l’Association Nationale des Jeunes handicapés du Cameroun and the Ministry of Social Affairs in three regions; the Centre Region, Far North Region and South West Region. In Senegal, the study was implemented in four urban areas: Kaffrine, Kaolack, Louga and Dakar (Pikine East and Pikine South)

Main Contact

Joseph Oye
Country Director
Sightsavers Cameroon
[email protected]
Salimata
Country Director
Sightsavers Senegal
[email protected]

Partners

Sightsavers UK
Sightsavers Senegal
Sightsavers Cameroon
l'Association Nationale des Jeunes handicapés du Cameroun

Funder

Duration

2 months

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