About Stars of Hope
Due to discrimination against women with disabilities and the lack of organizations that target this issue, Stars of Hope Society (SHS) was founded as an effort to address the needs of women with disabilities and support them in realizing their rights. Since its foundation in 2006, SHS has been eager to increase awareness about women with disabilities, their status, reality and needs as an endeavor to promote equality in education, employment and all walks of life. Furthermore, SHS has been successful in increasing awareness among women with disabilities on their rights, as well as building their capacities and developing their professional skills to increase their chances when demanding equal job opportunities.
Equal rights and opportunities for women with disabilities
With reference to human rights framework, international agreements, and the need to promote WWD reality, Stars of Hope Society (SHS) was founded with the mission to abolish disability and gender discrimination; and empowering WWD to achieve equality; access to integration; and claiming their rights through implementing and rights-based development programs and projects; and advocating for the implementing, monitoring and evaluating laws, by-laws and policies.
Stars of hope Society is committed in its strategic direction to the principles that inform the humanrights based approach to our work:
- Universality &inalienability: Human rights are universal and inalienable, the entitlement of all people everywhere in the world. An individual cannot voluntarily give them up. Nor can others take them away.
- Indivisibility: Human rights are indivisible .Whether civil, cultural, economic, Political or social, they are all inherent to the dignity of every person. Consequently, all human rights have equal status.
- Interdependence & interrelatedness: The realization of one right often depends, wholly or in part, on the realization of others.
- Equality & non-discrimination: All individuals are equal as human beings, and by virtue of the inherent dignity of each person, are entitled to their rights without discrimination of any kind.
- Participation and inclusion: All people have the right to participate in and access information relating to the decision – making processes that affect their lives and well-being.
- Accountability: State and other duty –bearers are answerable for the observance of human rights. This includes both positive obligations to protect, promote and fulfill human rights, as well as negative obligations to abstain from rights violations.
- Promoting legislative and policy processes and instruments that include, protect and empower women with disabilities
- Advance the self- representation of women with disabilities and their engagement in decision and policy making processes
- Improve the inclusion of gender and disability in the activities and mandates of relevant national, regional and international non state actors
- Promote the development of and access to a pool of knowledge & information on the situation of women with disabilities at local, regional and international levels
Further Develop SHS’s profile and organizational capacities to achieve its goals and deliver on the strategy