Fela Rezafinjato

Association des Femmes Handicapées de Madagascarname

Ms Rezafinjato has always been at the forefront of the fight for the recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities in Madagascar. In 2011, she decided to dedicate her expertise and activism to bringing the double discrimination experienced by women with disabilities to the centre of the political discourse by creating AFHAM, the first and only nation-wide network of women living with disabilities in the country.

Under her leadership, AFHAM has been advocating with local and national authorities for the adoption and implementation of policies that respect the human rights of women living with disabilities. As a consequence of her relentless advocacy, in December 2014, the Madagascar Assembly approved the law authorising the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which had been pending since 2007.

Under her leadership, AFHAM has been able to train women with disabilities throughout the country, developing their leadership skills and knowledge of human rights, and inspiring them to raise their voice to have them respected. With her example of activism, involvement and leadership, Ms Rezafinjato is without doubt, a role model for women with disabilities in her country.