1. Disability Right and Advocacy Program
OHANA is a disability rights based organization. Our organization has two major focuses, both surrounding the ground-breaking UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals). We have been working hard to both advocate for these fundamental human rights as well as develop a sustainable framework for local, national and international governmental levels!
The Ford Foundation has been supporting OHANA in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs of Republic of Indonesia to accelerate the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. OHANA also partners with local organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) to promote provincial action plan on persons with disabilities to articulate the CRPD and the Agenda 2030 into local planning, budgeting and implementation related to the laws and regulations in Indonesia. OHANA also develop capacity building trainings for OPDs to have advocacy skills and strategic movement to change policies to be inclusive and resilient.
At the global level, OHANA has been partnering with international disability rights organizations and other stakeholders to promote disability rights and policy advocacy, good practices on the CRPD and the Agenda 2030 implementation at the local and national level. OHANA has been active in promoting disability inclusive development in the United Nations Forums and in the G20 Forum through establishing gender and disability working group in collaboration the Indonesia C20 leaders during the G20 Indonesia Presidency.
2. Preventing and/or Eliminating Gender Based Violance Against Women and Girl With Disabilities Program
According to the UN Women report, since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, mentioned that violence against women and girls, has intensified. Situation women and girls with disabilities is marginalized and isolated during the pandemic. They have lack of information, transportation and resources to access social service and healthcare including mental health and reproductive health and rights.
Gender-based violence prevention and mitigation becomes the keystone of OHANA’s program to advocate rights of women and girls with disabilities fighting for access to justice on all forms of violence and abused.
OHANA started this program since 2019 in Yogyakarta Province. We develop outreach programs intervention and custom fitted wheelchairs for women and girls with disabilities who are victims of violence. We partner with Civil Society Organizations such as Migrant Care to address intersectionality issue of Indonesian women’s migrant workers, who are those have disabilities due to accident and violence during they work in other countries.
Our program includes training for leadership skills, reproductive health and rights education to improve women and girl’s self-esteem and make them to speak out when they are facing all forms of violence. Our program aims to continue promoting preventive and mitigation, such as coping skills, access to social services, legal services, and community connectedness.
3. Adaptif wheelchair Program and Training
OHANA has been developing adaptive wheelchair provisions and trainings since 2012 with Global Mobility USA. We have been serving custom fitted wheelchairs for children and adults with disabilities more than 500 wheelchairs throughout Indonesia. OHANA also has been developing training programs for local organizations of persons with disabilities and local communities in wheelchair repairs and maintenance, assessment and fitting wheelchairs in Yogyakarta Province, Central Java (Magelang, Temanggung, Wonosobo, Semarang, Surakarta, Sukoharjo, Wonogiri, Banyumas, Tegal), Sidoarjo, East Java, Makassar, South Sulawesi and Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Island.
We believe, it is critical to train our communities and local OPDs to provide good quality of services on assistive device, in particular individual custom fitted wheelchairs. It includes to learn on how to do individual assessment, fitting and modification of the wheelchairs, and repairs/maintenance.
These trainings initiatives provides invaluable knowledge and skills for OPDs and communities. The impact of trainings and wheelchair provisions can mitigate health risks and deformity for wheelchair users, even to increase their quality of life in terms of mobility, independent living and social inclusion.
4. OHANA Craft & Livelihood Program
According to the ILO (International Labour Organization), women with disabilities are less likely to have a decent job than non-disabled women or men with disabilities. Women with disabilities are likely falling deeper into poverty, often without access to land and other assets, health services, and basic needs. Even, the government social assistance is non-existent for women and girls with disabilities.
OHANA develop this program, as a pilot activity supported by the LOREAL Paris to support women with disabilities to have additional income from fish poultry, making useable bags/sewing projects, and wheelchair repair shop.
OHANA identify women with disabilities who have the aptitude and conditions to start a small-scale social enterprise. Through this project, women with disabilities involve start-up funding, technical assistance, and vocational training. OHANA develops coaching to the initial start-up phase, including to create hand-crafted bags, and to marketing the products through on-line application program.
5. OHANA LAW CENTER (OHANA)
The Government of Indonesia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) through Law Number 19 of 2011. The convention aims to guarantee the human rights of persons with disabilities to participate in equally and living independently without discrimination and isolation. Every person with disability has equal rights and dignity as other citizens including access to justice, therefore OHANA initiated OHANA Law Center since 2022.
OHANA has been supported by Woman Fund’s Asia (WFA) to continue strengthening rights of women and girls with disabilities to eliminate all forms of violence in collaboration with PERADI Sleman Yogyakarta, a lawyer association. We formed a group of local community representatives who play an important role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and preventing and mitigating gender based violence against women and girls with disabilities. This group of community representatives is called paralegals. We trained paralegal candidates among women with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. The roles of paralegals are critical to support other women and girls with disabilities as victims of violence.
Furthermore, OHANA formed “OHANA Legal Center (OLC)” to support our trained paralegals in collaboration with PERADI Sleman to provide pro bono lawyers for women and girls with disabilities as victims of all forms of violence in Yogyakarta Province.
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