The Australia Awards offers Africans from diverse disciplines the opportunity to travel to Australia and have their capacity built across a wide range of developmental topics.
As part of the program, the Australia Awards adopts the use of the term Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) to refer to the discourse of gender equality, disability inclusion and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-HIV.
Regardless of the economic, geographic and ethnic factors, social inclusion requires the removal of institutional barriers and increasing the access to opportunities and resources for individuals and groups especially for those who face marginalization and discrimination in society. For example, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
It was on this premise that we conducted a training on the themes of Gender, Disability, HIV and the Social Determinants of Health. It was absolutely humbling to conduct this training with my PhD principal supervisor Dr. Julie Anne King alongside Dr.Julie-Anne Carroll.
It was a very engaging and interesting session as participants who were from different African countries enriched the discourse with experiences from their countries and fields.
It was a great opportunity to impact and also learn from participants and my amazing co-facilitators and lecturers.
Special appreciation to my principal supervisor for providing me with the opportunity to be part of the trainers.