Thanks to digital technology for changing perceptions for women and girls with disabilities

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Posted May 16, 2018 from Cameroon

I am a woman with a disability living in a community where the perception about women and girls with disabilities it that they are “good for nothing”, they don’t need to go to school; but need to stay at home doing all chore waiting for the day they will be given away into marriage to a man who is not of their choice but the decision of their family. Some are even given away as a form of debt repayment owed by the family to a member of the community. These women/girls do not have a voice and no means to report on any form of violence they face. They are tortured and treated as liabilities, never giving them the opportunity to be empowered economically and financially. They do not have autonomy over their lives and cannot make decisions of their own.

As an empowered woman with disability and a leader, I take time to identify the needs of these women at all levels of the community, prioritize these needs and work in collaboration with everyone in the community to advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Through the use of digital tools like android and smart phones, iPads and tablets I educate them on the importance of having a mastery of your digital tool and connecting for self empowerment. I showcase my potential and role model my achievements like the UN-Women Empower Women 2016-2017 Champion for Change. I make them to see the positive impact of online volunteering in empowering me. How my story was published and the evidence they see in the change it brought to my life. I make them understand how by being a World Pulse March 2018 featured story teller I have been able to start a small income generating activity with the honorarium awarded to me. I empower them not just to use their android and smart phones to call but download apps like the World Pulse apps to connect to other women and professionals around the world that can give them life changing opportunities.

Today in my community, people have change of perception in all dimensions. Women and girls with disabilities have improved self-esteem and have come out of self stigma; community members right from the family level now see the need to respect the right to education for women and girls with disabilities.  These women and girls now have the right to expression and decision and express the interest to have android and smart phones, ipads, laptops and other digital tools so that they can acquire skills for self empowerment, connect to other women and professionals around the world. Because they had not been to school, they have learned trades and have had difficulties in marketing their products. Right now they are able to create and manage face book pages for the sale of their products. They are gradually becoming economically empowered and can make their own decisions and are now involve in decision making circles. Due to change of perception by women and girls with disabilities and the community as a whole, these women and girls are now considered in every activity in the community. Their inclusion and participation is ensured and they are able to know that through the positive use of the internet one can break barriers of poverty, unemployment, stigma and marginalization.

Veronica-Cameroon

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Olutosin
May 16
May 16

Amazing. I love the way you are using every opportunity to transform lives and your refusal to allow anything to stop you! You are a changemaker and NOTHING can stop you.
Thanks so much for working with women in your community and beyond.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
May 17
May 17

Thanks Olutosin.

Evelyn Fonkem
May 17
May 17

Great piece.Making use of digital tools can change lives for real

Veronica Ngum Ndi
May 17
May 17

Thanks Bisona.Truly digital tools can change lives

jlanghus
May 17
May 17

Hi Veronica. What an inspiration you are, and such a good role model. Please keep up the good work!

Veronica Ngum Ndi
May 18
May 18

Hi JLANGHUS
Thanks for the kind words

jlanghus
May 18
May 18

You're welcome:) Have a great day!

Corine Milano
May 18
May 18

This is so wonderful to read, Veronica. I am proud of all of your work and thank you for helping to spread the word about World Pulse! I can't wait to meet some of the women and girls of your community who you are introducing to our global sisterhood!

Veronica Ngum Ndi
May 19
May 19

Thanks Corine
Surely you will meet them and many more women with disabilities.

Sophie Ngassa
May 19
May 19

Dear sis Vero, You are doing an amazing job for in our community. You are actually serving as a mentor to your peers. Please keep up. Thanks for all that you do especially for making them self reliant with entrprenuerail skills.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Thanks Sophie for the kind words

Kika Katchunga
May 21
May 21

excellent job VERONICA, God bless you for all that what you had to do for these women, you have all my supports

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

God bless you too Kika
Veronica

nelsa nabila
May 28
May 28

You and an example of a fighter. You fought through the odds and now many look up to you. I look up to you mother. keep inspiring.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hi Nelsa
Thanks and God will surely see us through
Love
Veronica

Juvita Akumah
May 29
May 29

Dear sis Vero, I am happy that you are standing for women's with disabilities. It is important to change their stories to make the world a better place Thanks for sharing you very inspiring story, Cheers

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hi Sis Juvita
You have been an inspiration to me too.Thanks for the encouraging words
Love
Veronica

KQA
Jun 01
Jun 01

Hello, Veronica,

I am proud of you, and I honor you for sharing your World Pulse honorarium to help more women. I love you! I pray for success in everything that you do.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hello Karen
I am honored.God bless you
Love
Veronica

Kadidia Doumbia
Jun 01
Jun 01

Dear Veronica,

This is amazing. Every human being has the right to access education and to be respected as a full citizen.
Good job.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Dear Kadida
Thanks.We will continue to speak out till our voices are heard
Love
Veronica

bridggyella
Jun 05
Jun 05

You are doing great encouraging and empowering lives.
you inspire me.
cheers,
Bridget

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hi Bri
Thanks for the kind words
Love
Veronica

Fatima Babih
Jun 11
Jun 11

Hello Veronica,
Kudos to you my dear for your courage! You give true meaning to the saying, "...educate a woman, educate a nation." Differently abled girls and women in Africa suffer double marginalization, even though most are not excluded from the domestic chores, farm work, and even street hawking, they are generally overlooked in the educational system and other human development activities. Hopefully more differently abled women will follow your example to bring change throughout Africa. Thank you for your sacrifices!

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Dear Fatima
Thanks very much. I hope to go as far as I can for I am leaving no woman with disability behind.May God strengthen us both to serve Him through our works
Love
Veronica

Tarke Edith
Jun 11
Jun 11

Hi sister your story moved me you are at work dispite your condition cudose to you sister

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hi Sid Edith
Thanks.God is my strength

Stephanie Mah
Jun 18
Jun 18

Hi sister veronica , what a grade job ,disability or not disability we are all equal so move on sis.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Thanks Stephanie.God bless you
Love
Veronica

AGNES TUMASANG
Jun 19
Jun 19

thanks for the work

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hi Ma Agnes
Thank you for encouraging me.
Love
Veronica

Olubee
Jun 30
Jun 30

Dear Sis
Your story is an amazing one.I also have a student now graduated from secondary school that am mentoring ,she is also disable.But i believe these set of people are the most gifted human being,they have the ability to become whatever they want to be.Thanks for the good work you are doing.Keep it up
Much love.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hi Olu
Thanks for being disability friendly.Please see her and not her disability.By doing that you will unveil some potentials that are hidden in her that she will love to share with others thereby being a great source of inspiration and role model.God bless your efforts
Love
Veronica