A Ugandan woman, mother holding BS, PGD in Education, a post graduate certificate in Mental Disability Law in Practice, Co- facilitator - Bridge CRPD-SDGs Training Initiative. She is the Initiator, vision bearer and ED at Triumph Uganda Mental Health Support and Recovery Program. Robinah is a Disability Expert, Inclusive Mentor advocating for community mental health services, Inclusive SRHRs and justice for inherent Dignity. Recognized with a WHO Swiss Award 2013 and 2019 as one of the Ugandan SHEROES for making meaningful contributions in the community.
Robinah is an inspirational speaker at WHO, UN, UNCSW plus other forums, having a proven track record of Feminist Transformational leadership from grassroots to global level ;serving on different BOD in the Psychosocial disability movement. Presently is the Vice chair of the Africa Disability Forum(ADF), Member of the Nairobi Principles/CREA working group for Sexual heath rights and Reproductive Justice. Robinah’s passion to mentor girls has been growing due to her experiences as a girl that opened her eyes to the many untold stories of many girls due to lack of a safe place and liberty to have girls voices respected. As a change agent at the community it is highly need to stand as a pillar during this time of shaking (COVID 19) supporting the girls to stay focused , safe and live with dignity . And advocating for Inclusion of the marginalized groups of persons with disabilities at all levels of society to live no one behind.
Yeni Rosa Damayanti is founder and chair of Indonesian Mental Health Association, the first organization of people with psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia. Yeni has managed to push the issue of psychosocial disabilities into the central agenda of the cross disability movement in Indonesia and introduce this issue to women and the human rights movement as well. For the last 5 years, Yeni has been working to advocate for the issue of institutionalizations of PWPD to the government, human rights defender community, disability movement and general public.
Matrika Devkota is a person with psychosocial disability, the first person in Nepal coming out and raising the voice of persons with mental health condition and psychosocial disability. Matrika started an organization of the persons with disability (OPD), KOSHISH( which means “making an effort”, in English) in the year 2008 and he is entirely working in destigmatization and advocating against the legal, attitudinal, and social barriers for the persons with the mental health conditions and psychosocial disability in Nepal. He believes that the implementation of UN CRPD can make the rights real in the field of disability, including the psychosocial disability. Matrika has been selected for the Ashoka Fellowship in 2017 and has been awarded the Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award, related to the mental health issues in 2013. Matrika has also been awarded nationally with the Human Rights award by the National Human Rights Commission in December 2015 and the Social service award in 2015.
Miss Kruawon Tiengtom (Kim) is a Thai citizen who lives in Nonthaburi, Thailand. She has pursued Master of Arts (Literature) and is currently the Chairperson of Living Association. She is also a member of the Subcommittee on the Disabled Affairs, under The Committee on Social Development and Children, Youth, Women, the Elderly, the Disabled and the Underprivileged Affairs, The Senate, Thailand. Additionally, she operates Recovery College. She is also a trainer of basic peer support, human right and citizenship, illness management and recovery. Kim oversees disability service centre for persons with psychosocial disability.
Ammihud Joseph is a 27-year-old Research and Teaching Assistant, and a PhD candidate at the University of Geneva, where he also obtained a bachelor’s degree in 2019 and a master’s degree in in Economic Law. He was born and raised in Geneva, in an international environment. He has a particular interest in issues regarding Internet Governance, Privacy in the cyberspace, and the interaction between Law and Technology overall. He plans to become a lawyer and study the legal framework surrounding these areas of the law. During his studies, he was a volunteer as a jurist within the “Permanence Juridique des Etudiants” (a legal clinic) and helped to organize both editions of the “TEDxUniGeneva”. He also worked with IDA on the draft of Articles of Association for TCI and helped set a framework to comply IDA’s online activities with privacy law regulations. Music is his passion, and he spends quite some time either listening to music from all around the world, playing a few instruments, or sharing the experience of a live concert with great friends. He is also a big football fan and enjoys traveling the world.
Bhargavi Davar is a childhood survivor of psychiatric institutions in India. She identifies as a person with a psychosocial disability having endured long-term trauma from those experiences. She completed her PhD the Indian Institute of Technology, in Mumbai. Rejecting the medical model in ‘mental health’ and naming that system as ‘violent’, she published the first anti psychiatry book in India(Psychoanalysis as a Human Science: Beyond Foundationalism, 1995), along with several other titles and papers critiquing psychiatry and its practices. She started the first OPD of persons with psychosocial disabilities in India in 1999, named the ‘Bapu Trust’. She created a community of practice, Seher, which is the largest population-based peer support program for the global south, covering a population of 1 mn. people, from low income communities. The program practices ‘zero coercion’ and adopts a variety of support actions to build support systems for persons with disabilities and to prevent institutionalization. She started ‘TCI’ (‘Transforming Communities for Inclusion’) in 2012, by travelling and sharing the vision of inclusion with other countries in Asia, Pacific. She was also a board member of World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) and was actively involved in the years of advocacy in the making of the convention.
Richa Sharma-Dhamorikar, is a dentist turned public health researcher. Always interested and curious
about psychology, mental health, communities and culture and disability rights, she found her calling in
the field of psychosocial disability inclusion research and advocacy. She has over 7 years of experience of
working with grass root organizations in the field of community mental health in rural and urban India.
With a keen inclination in everything to do with reading and writing, she has been developing her skills by
producing process documentation reports, technical reports, qualitative analysis write ups, research
manuscripts, position statements, advocacy reports, critiquing documents, editing reports to name a few.
When not at her desk in front of the laptop, she is often found lost in her books or dreaming of mountains
or staring at the sea or talking to trees and flowers and taking long, long walks to ground herself.
During his fellowship and Waqar was enabled by TCI to establish a network of persons with psychosocial disabilities in Pakistan, to provide a platform to persons with psychosocial disabilities for advocacy. During his fellowship, Waqar worked on capacity building of members online and distributed COVID prevention kits to persons with psychosocial disabilities. He also got a chance to prepare a response paper to address the needs of persons with psychosocial disabilities during the COVID19 and worked in partnership with cross disability organization (Special Talent Exchange Programme) on advocacy initiatives at the national level.
Furthermore, Waqar is a member of TCI since 2015, He is an Accessibility Consultant for the IAAP, He is also part of Technical Working Group for Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund & GMC member of DRF.
Waqar is a BRIDGE Alumni from the BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs Trainings Initiative, as well as a member of the Pakistan US Alumni Network.
Bhagyashri Kulkarni is a post graduate in Commerce, associated with Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI) for the last 6 years. She has work experience of more than 15 years in finance management and administration in the corporate and social sector. She handles project utilization, projection, creating project budgets, presentation of budgets to TCI members, finance related mentoring of partners, DPO's, managing events logistics, support for legal documentation etc.
Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI) is a global Organisation of persons with psychosocial disabilities [an OPD]. TCI forecasts a future in which all human rights and full freedoms of persons with psychosocial disabilities are realized. We are guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).