Over this past week (which happened to be our Reading week here at Carleton U), I have been reflecting on last week's presentation and feedback. The feedback consisted of:
-combining the market cart and workspace attachments to facilitate selling and producing simultaneously (personalized orders, slow market day, etc.)
-having the work space attachment swing around back rather than flipping up for a more efficient use of space.
-giving the market cart the ability to be used for goods other than just handicrafts (produce?)
-thinking about configurations for the market cart
Additionally, I have been emailing more with Sylvia and Biira Mary Yalala. Some point Sylvia emphasized were:
-a lot of WWD like to stay in the villages, and even the WWD who have moved to urban areas have usually done so because the terrain there is easier to navigate with a disability, not because they do not want to be in the rural areas.
-Sylvia attended (but did not fully complete) school, but had the challenges of her family paying school fees (she comes from a family of 13) as well as being displaced by the war.
-she does not have a job but volunteers with landmine survivors in Kasese.
-major daily challenges she faces are traveling to and from her volunteer position, and carrying heavy loads.
-WWD in rural areas are able to farm animals (on a small scale) such as pigs, goats and poultry.
-in urban areas, WWD will beg or do tasks for other people/ business owners.
-WWD are discriminated against from birth, often leading to a poverty/ disability cycle.
Biira Mary Yalala with KADIWOD was also very helpful:
-acess to health care facilities is extremely limited for WWD due to a number of factors.
-no mature student learning facilities for WWD who have been deprived of education.
-uneducated WWD cannot find jobs because employers are concerned with limitations they have that may affect productivity or efficiency.
-negative attitudes and discrimination is one of the biggest barriers to WWD.
-this causes low self esteem in WWD.
-dwarfism is another class of disability which is often overlooked.
-some jobs that WWD may have are farming domestic animals (chickens, goats, non grazers), sewing/ mending/ knitting/ tailoring, shoe repair.
-the gender division in jobs should be eliminated by teaching women more male-dominated jobs and vice versa (this will also force men to contribute more around the home)
-meetings and support groups must be at flexible times/locations to fit with the WWD's schedule so they are not left out of informative meetings.
-jobs also need to be flexible.
-workloads on WWD need to be reduced so they can participate in other community events.
-WWD are unable to carry heavy loads to markets or drive cars.
-WWD do want to do jobs that able- bodied women do, but they are unable.
Today we have a few members of CanUgan at Carleton to pitch them our ideas and receive input and feedback from them! My presentation with slightly updated concepts can be found below.
Next week I hope to start prototyping some of my ideas to get an idea of how they will look.