Meenu Sikand

Publication Date

August 1998


[Excerpt] In 1998 Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the International Disability Exchange and Studies(IDEAS) 2000 Project awarded a fellowship funded by the U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to conduct a research project that would aim to examine questions of leadership development for women with disabilities, using data collected at MIUSA’s 1998 International Symposium on Microcredit for Women with Disabilities.

In response to the recommendations made at the 1997 Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability, MIUSA organized and hosted the first International Symposium on Microcredit for Women with Disabilities held from August 29 to September 8, 1998 in Eugene, Oregon., at which 13 women leaders with disabilities from developing countries met with US based international development organizations and experts on microcredit to improve access of women with disabilities to microcredit programs. The data for this research was collected from the attendees of the Symposium on Microcredit.