Diana Ma’ahoro is a disability rights activist and member of YWCA Solomon Islands. She also happens to be one of the most inspiring, tenacious and ambitious leaders that I have ever met.
Diana was just 4 when she contracted tuberculosis meningitis, a life threatening, yet entirely preventable disease. With insufficient facilities to treat her condition in her home Province of Malaita, Diana was moved to Honiara’s National Referral Hospital where she spent the next seven years in rehabilitation. Diana was lucky to survive, but was left with permanent paralysis on her left side, which affects her speech and coordination.
But Diana has never been the kind of person to let her disability to stop her from doing what she wants!
Since attending the YWCA’s Rise Up! Young Women’s Leadership Workshop in 2010, Diana has become a known and respected disability rights activist in her country, speaking out on controversial issues, including violence against women with disabilities and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women with disabilities.
In 2013 Diana’s work was recognised when she invited to participate in a month long leadership course in Oregon, USA with global NGO Mobility International USA. This experience was life changing for Diana who had the opportunity to meet and learn from women with disabilities all around the world.
Now Diana wants to take her activism global again but attending the World YWCA Council in Bangkok Thailand in October 2015. Diana will be sharing a room with social change rockstar Sylvia John, for whom we recently raised almost $3000USD to attend the same conference. Diana will contributing to her own fundraising by selling home made crafts at a local market stall she runs.
If you believe in the potential of young women to change the world, then donate to Diana’s campaign today!