international women's day 2011

Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike will compete in half marathon to raise money for disabled women in Africa

Posted on: 23 February 2011

International Women’s Day – Race for Rights – 6th March 2011

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike will compete in the Silverstone Half Marathon to raise funds for, UK based, ADD International’s work with disabled women in Africa.

Anne said: “I know what it’s like to be a disabled woman in Kenya and while I love Africa, the challenges facing disabled women there are huge. They are discriminated against twice, once for being a woman and then again because they are disabled. People need to understand that disabled women have the same rights as other women.”

In poor countries disabled women and girls are among the most neglected people and are largely overlooked by other international charities and the mainstream women’s movement.

The money Anne raises will support organisations such as UNAFEHB who represent disabled women’s associations in Burkina Faso.

On 3 March, to mark International Women’s Day disabled women will march through Ouagadougou to the Ministry for the Promotion of Women. Their aim is to highlight to public and health service providers disabled women’s right to access reproductive health services and to be treated with respect by health personnel.

Please go to and show your support by sponsoring Anne.

Anne concluded by saying: “Time is long overdue for the governments of African countries to be a lot more proactive, take action and really begin to tackle the problems faced by disabled people.”

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