Risikat T. Muhammed is a physically challenged person whose passion for women and persons with disability empowerment led to her various development work in different areas such as health, women’s right and economic empowerment, governance, peace, conflict resolution and management, inclusive education and lots of others.
Through her organization WWDSRC, she was able to advocate for inclusive HIV programme in Kaduna State that led to increased budgeting on HIV programmes for persons with disability and setting up of network for persons with disability in the State which was first of its kind in Nigeria in 2007. Due to this immerse contribution she was elected to chair the network. She has been a member of different networks and partnerships in the State such as Kaduna Gender Working Group (GWG), which is an advocacy partnership set up by DFID-SAVI Kaduna where as a member of this partnership built her capacity and used it to contribute in the drawing up of the Kaduna State Education MTSS in 2012 and also providing technical support to Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in developing their Strategic and Operational Plan in 2013, through the partnership she contributed in advocating for need to have a disability bill in the State which has led to GWG supporting Kaduna State Joint Association for Persons with Disability (JONAPWD).
As a strong advocate on gender-based violence she has been in the fore front of championing the course of the passage of Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill (VAPPB) through her participation and membership in the Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill (LACVAPPB). Among many others she has been a member of many networks and platforms where she has built her skills and contributed positively. Some of these include; Kaduna State Aids Control Agency, Gender Policy and Advocacy Committee, Civil Society HIV/AIDS Network in Nigeria, Kaduna Observatory Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls (NSRP) etc.
As the founder and Executive Director of WWDSRC she has implemented projects such as Entrepreneurship Skills for Women with Disability through Community Rehabilitation with collaboration with ABANTU for Development funded by TY Danjuma Foundation, Inclusive Peace Club funded by NSRP, Survey on HIV Behavioral & prevalence rate amongst persons with disability funded by Population Council, Interpersonal Communication for persons with disability funded by KADSACA etc. Through her various work she has set up a scholarship scheme for children and girls with disability across the State where ten persons have benefitted from and more than twenty persons are benefitting from presently. Through the Inclusive Peace Club Project there has been increased positive attitudinal change amongst the peace clubs in schools which has led to some schools adopting the project as an in-school programme. This project has also built self-esteem and awareness amongst some persons with disability (PWD) which has led to increase in enrolment of PWD in schools.
Amongst her numerous work, she has carried out survey on violence against women and girls in some selected communities in Kaduna State which the report will soon be published for wider dissemination, she has sensitized and worked with different religious, and community leaders on the need for protecting, supporting and promoting the rights of women and girls both able and with disability. She is currently training private, government, CSOs and other partners on ethical way of working with persons with disability.