Digital advocacy for youth with disabilities is one of the YDAR winning campaigns that aims to provide awareness to the society on the matter of disabilities at large. Run by Yumna Mmanga Omar, Fakihat Omar Abubakar, Jamila Borafya Hamza and Zakia Daudi, it provides knowledge to young people with disabilities on the positive manner of using social media and other digital platforms in ensuring that the awareness of people with disabilities right’s is well-transmitted. It also also creates opportunities for young people to advertise their talents, business and skills by using digital platforms for inspirational and motivational purposes, as well as educating the society on disabilities matters. The campaign involves training for young people with disabilities, who will be taught how to use of social media for advocacy, and how to participate in various digital platforms.
The 21st century is permeated with many digital technologies that people use for their daily tasks; however, some people are excluded. The exclusion is a result of accessibility, usage issues or lack of relevant skills to use the digital technology to desired effects. Despite of rapid expansion of uses of technology among the member of the society still there is a huge gap for people with disabilities because many of them don’t have the proper access or don’t have enough knowledge in using it either for educational purpose, business, and also in advocating their rights. Also, the society needs more sensitisation about disabilities through digital platforms, because some of the people have been using social media to abuse people with disabilities without realising it. Digital advocacy will be able to reach large number of people because of the high use of social media among the members of any society, particularly young people.
Through digital advocacy training young people with disabilities (YPWD) will be able to spread knowledge on the issue of disabilities through various platforms and develop mentorship programs where they can act as trainer-of-trainees amongst each other as they acquire the knowledge. It could also be used as a platform for advertising their business and also enhancing entrepreneurial development and improving their different skills and talents through uses of technology. The project thus aims to:
- Promote YPWDs accessibility and inclusivity in digital platforms in advertising their business, talents and provide awareness on disability matters.
- Inspire YPWDs to use technology, as well as bridge the technological gap between the people with disabilities and other social groups, particularly in a Zanzibar context.
- Develop and create new ways for advocacy of people with disabilities rights through inclusive technology.