• Terms of Reference for Developing a Position Paper on Gender and Disability Mainstreaming.

    Employer: Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB)
    Rwanda Union of the Blind is a local non-governmental organization legally operating in Rwanda since 1995. It is registered with Rwanda Governance board under the legal personality no 60/05 of 16/03/1995 to work towards the improvement of the living conditions of persons with visual impairment in... See more
    Posted: 22 August 2019
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    Being a woman with a disability it can be a paradoxical experience for all. In the past, women with disabilities knew their place in society—out of sight and out of mind. As society has progressed and Disability organizations advocates have made strides, some women with disabilities including those with visual impairment are no longer locked in the houses or legally denied the typical joys of life. The passage of laws protecting the rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD and disability low) and government commitment have advanced the possibilities for women with disabilities including those with visual impairment to live in the community and do what our non-disabled counterparts do. It was assumed that women with disabilities cannot perform the day to day chores like other women which has now been proved on totally baseless. However, No one comes forward to help them except their family or friends which is very few. There still exist a barrier between “other” women and the women with disabilities which can be broken by joining them. Women with visual impairment should be aware of their abilities, keep confident and they should not be dependent or indifferent. Raise awareness among themselves and take their parts as much as they can in advocacy, their role in developing their abilities, their needs, rights and duties in the families and society. Women with disabilities including those with visual impairment still remain dependent on men and other family members for subsistence and security since time immemorial, having not have voice in decision making in the family and society. Full development can only be achieved when women and the resources that they represent are fully integrated in development process and when women are empowered to improve the economic, social and political conditions of developing country within a framework of sustainability.

    For any society to develop sustainably, women must play a significant role. Having a section of the female population remaining totally dependent reduces the production capacity of any society, while increasing the cost of caring for dependence.

    About Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB)

    RUB is a national non-governmental organization legally operating in Rwanda under the registration no 60/05 of 16/03/1995. The Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB) was established in August 1994 and officially registered in March 1995.

    Its activities aim at improving the living conditions of persons with visual impairment through advocacy, promoting the education of Children with Visual Impairment (CWVI), capacity development of members and rehabilitation program/service. Currently RUB has 60 well-established branches in 29 out of 30 districts. It has about 2500 members across the country.
    RUB promotes the rights of people with vision impairment through advocacy assistance, education and outreach to build the Rwandan society awareness and support for inclusion. Its members are supported in a wide range of situations, including cases where they have been denied their right to education, to work, to live independently, to access a good standard of healthcare and to enjoy participating family and community life.


    The RUB Human Rights based approach is part of its National Rights advocacy, which seeks to address the denial of human rights of the visually impaired persons in Rwanda. As declared in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), under article 6 on women with disabilities and Sustainable development goals (SDGs) – 5, on gender equality/SDG -10, on reduced inequalities; RUB aims in its work to legitimize the needs of Rwandan women with visual impairment as rights holders.
    Women with disabilities are less likely to access support or legal redress than their peers without disabilities, often due to either the inaccessibility of essential services or the barriers faced to access such services where they exist (including physical, infrastructural, communication or attitudinal barriers) and their dependency on the person who committed the violence for mobility and support, or a lack of awareness of the support available, among other factors. The lack of inclusive legal frame work in Rwanda have made visually impaired persons to loose self-esteem in the society they live in, there is also a general lack of knowledge on CRPD & SDG among the visually impaired persons themselves, in the civil society and in the government.

    It is against this background that in the year 2018, RUB received funding for the second phase of “Engendering the Visually Impaired Women in Rwanda into social services” Project (IVIWSs) from the United Nations Development program (UNDP) to enhance the access to services, participation and inclusion of women with visual impairment in Rwanda. This project is being implemented in 5 project districts ( Ruhango, Gisagara, Nyamagabe, Karongi &Rubavu). The project seeks to address key areas of need for women with visual impairment in line with gender equality at a national level in Rwanda: access to social services; participation and inclusion; social and economic empowerment and improving the legal and institutional framework.

    The project aims at empowering visually impaired persons & key stakeholders in Rwanda on gender equality & disability mainstreaming using a human right based approach that address the implementation of the legislation gap, specifically targeting women and girls with visual impairment in 5 project target districts.


    The project has among other objectives;

    1. Improving access to gender and disability mainstreaming for women with visual impairment by training service providers.
    2. Enhancing the socio-economic status of women with visual impairment through vocational training services
    3. Working with duty bearers to improve mentoring for those responsible for implementing and developing relevant laws and policies on gender.


    The purpose of this assignment is to develop a position paper on mainstreaming women with disabilities including those with visual impairment. The document (position paper) will mainly focused on the findings/ recommendations from the conducted analysis on national gender policy to identify possible gaps in relation with inclusion of women with disabilities including those with visual impairment and it will help RUB to influence decision makers to amend the policy for the protection of rights and inclusion of women with visual impairment in Rwanda.

    The specific objectives of the assignment include the following:

    (a) To comply Rwanda’s gender policy with UNCRP and national disability laws protecting persons with disabilities .The document will provide a comprehensive assessed constraints to the disability mainstreaming and how the existing laws and policy are responding to these constraints or failing to do so.
    (b)To provide recommendations to the MIGEPROF and other institutions which might be involved on critical areas of intervention for the policy to be more inclusive to persons with disabilities including those with visual impairment.


    The assignment will be conducted primarily through desk- review meeting with RUB board and secretariat. The approach will be mixed, including the review of similar tools, literature review, reports and frameworks.


    The key deliverables of this assignment include:
    (a) Inception report.
    (b) First draft report
    (c) Final position paper document to be submitted to MIGEPROF

    The assignment will be conducted within 10 days, according to the tentative schedule below:

    28/08/2019 Inception meeting and feedback
    29/08/2019 Presentation of inception report
    03/09/2019 Review of the draft report & validation workshop
    06/09/2019 Final report submission to RUB secretariat


     Having at least Master’s degree level in law or international human rights
     Knowledge and proven experience in development of position paper
     Be able to provide evidence of developing high quality assignment and reports in English, and working within tight schedule.
     Ability to provide an example of similar conducted work
     Experience of working with persons with different type of disabilities especially those with visual impairment.


    Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae (CVs), Education certificates/degrees, technical and financial proposals, an example of their work and a letter of application. The letter of application should briefly describe how the consultant intends to undertake this assignment for the “Engendering the visually impaired women in Rwanda into social services” project.

    Note: Due to the expected high volume of applications, we regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within one week after the application closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
    Application documents should be in hard copies and sent to RUB office. The deadline of application for this consultancy work is Monday, 27th August 2019 at 4 Pm.

    Donatilla KANIMBA
    Executive Director, RUB


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