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
    2:41am
    2:41am

    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
    2:42am
    2:42am

    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
    2:43am
    2:43am

    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
    2:44am
    2:44am

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

  • 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
    2:45am
    2:45am

    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
    2:46am
    2:46am

    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
    2:47am
    2:47am

    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
    2:49am
    2:49am

    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
    2:51am
    2:51am

    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
    2:51am
    2:51am

    Thanks Stephanie.God bless you
    Love
    Veronica

  • AGNES TUMASANG
    Jun 19
    Jun 19

    thanks for the work

  • Veronica Ngum Ndi
    2:52am
    2:52am

    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
    2:55am
    2:55am

    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