Go to main content

“I need to show my best side, so companies recognise the value of people with disabilities”

Inclusion
Senegal

Binetou is a 36-year-old lawyer who works for the Ministry of State Investment, Partnerships and Teleservices Development. Her physical disability used to be an obstacle to finding work, which she overcame with help from Handicap International (HI). She talks about her experience below. 

Binetou Toure, beneficiary of the EMPHAS programme | © HI

Although I was awarded a Master’s degree in Judicial Law in 2006, I wasn’t able to find a job to match my qualifications. I spent years doing traineeships and odd jobs.

In 2015, I joined the Employment for People with Disabilities programme (EMPHAS) run by HI. The same year, I was offered a position in the civil service as a lawyer. The following year, I was transferred to the Ministry of Investment, Partnerships and Teleservices Development.

HI helped me a lot psychologically and technically just as I was starting to despair.

I consider myself to be an ambassador for people with disabilities within my department; I need to show my best side, my high standards and professional approach, so companies recognise the value of people with disabilities and change their attitudes towards disability.”

HI and inclusive employment in Senegal:

Since 2014, HI has promoted the inclusive employment of people with disabilities through the EMPHAS project[1]. The organisation starts by arranging an interview with a social worker and a recruitment advisor for the person with disabilities. After a skills assessment, it then draws up an action plan with the person in question, based on their aspirations and needs, to ensure they receive tailored assistance, which includes training, internships and awareness-raising for potential employers.

HI works with a local network of more than 90 employers and around a dozen bodies active in the field of employment and training. The organisation helps partner businesses adapt the workplace to make it accessible to people with disabilities. It also raises the awareness of other staff members to better integrate disabled employees. Lastly, it monitors people who have found employment through its programme to ensure that everything is going well in their new work environment.

 

[1] EMPHAS: Employment for People with Disabilities in Senegal

Where we work

Read more

People with disabilities are still excluded
© Kate Holt / HI
Inclusion Rights

People with disabilities are still excluded

On 3rd December, we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Globally, people with disabilities continue to be excluded. Whether it’s accessing social services, health care, education, or a decent job, people with disabilities and disability rights advocates continue to fight for inclusion for all. Humanity & Inclusion’s teams work to ensure that people with disabilities are included in all aspects of life.

Accompanying humanitarian aid workers to better include persons with disabilities
© S. Ahmed / HI
Health Inclusion

Accompanying humanitarian aid workers to better include persons with disabilities

A set of professional strategies and practical guidance published today aims to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian aid delivery and ensure their participation.

"To see children with disabilities and their families celebrating their lives really changes the narrative"
© Neil Thomas/HI
Inclusion

"To see children with disabilities and their families celebrating their lives really changes the narrative"

Eddie Ndopu, Humanity & Inclusion's ambassador, recently travelled to Rwanda to discover how we are changing the lives of children with disabilities.