Amman, Jordan – During the 67th Jordan Independence Day celebrations, Asia Yaghi, a member of the Arab Women’s Leadership Insitute (AWLI) and president of the civil society organization I am Human Society for the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, was honored by His Majesty King Abdullah II for her work with the disabled community.
Yaghi was honored by the King with the Al Hussein Medal of Honor Second Degree for her efforts raising awareness and advocating for for disability rights. Through I am Human, the first organization in Jordan to have people with disabilities serve as president, on staff and as volunteers, Yaghi helps shed light on the isuues faced by women with disabilities, and women who suffer from domestic violence in their communities.
A member of AWLI since 2012, Yaghi has been touched by the strength and dedication of the women she has met through the Institute, especially those at the October 2012 workshop which focused on advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, where Yaghi shared her success story of living with a disability.
In addition to being the president of I am Human, Yaghi also serves as president of the Committee on Women in the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities and was honored by His Royal Highness Prince Ra’ed Bin Zaid.
Yaghi is also an active volunteer, and was among 10 women from Jordan who participated in an exchange program with Mobility International USA to Eugene, Oregon which brought together women leaders with disabilities from around the world to strengthen their leadership skills and build international networks of support for inclusive international development programming. In 2009, she was selected as advisory member for the Commission on Women with Disabilities in the League of Arab States, in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Disability.
AWLI congratulates Yaghi on her honor and for her determined efforts to give a greater voice to women with disabilities in Jordan, and throughout the Arab region and recognizes her as a strong role model for future generations of Arab women leaders.