IWD: Group urges women with disability to empower themselves with knowledge
RMTimesNg-Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has urged women with disabilities to empower themselves with knowledge, in order to remain relevant in society.
Mr David Anyaele, Executive Director of the group, made the call while speaking with Newmen, on Tuesday, in Abuja, to commemorate the globally celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD).
Anyaele said that in line with the theme of the 2021 IWD, ”Choose to Challenge’’, women with disability must continue to challenge the system and relevant institutions in order to ensure access to employment, empowerment, among others.
He said that the group was concerned about the continued struggle by women with disability in the country, for equal opportunity, access to healthcare and education as well as respect for their human rights, with little or no progress.
“We are still in the International Women’s Day, a day set aside globally to celebrate the contributions of women and girls to international development and impact.
“This year’s theme “Choose to Challenge’’ reminds us of the resilience, doggedness, determination and constant push by women with disability in Nigeria, to create a society that is inclusive and participatory on equal basis with others.
“We urge our women with disability to challenge both government and non government systems and institutions, in order to ensure access to basic needs, employment and empowerment.
“Challenging the system is the best way to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence, which women with disability suffer the most and to secure sexual reproductive health rights so as to maximise their potentials.
“This is the time for women with disability to join politics and other platforms, where their voices will be well projected and heard,’’ he said.
Anyaele urged women with disability to leverage on this year’s theme for the celebration and push for their rights in all sectors, using the National Disability Act 2018 and the National Disability Commission as their voice.
He reaffirmed the position of the group to continue to support women and girls with disability for a better society, where they would no longer be neglected or excluded.
International Women’s Day is a global celebration to appreciate the determination, resilience, and multi-tasking nature of women across sectors and seeks to create awareness on the need for women to be given opportunities to contribute, alongside their male counterparts. The day is celebrated on March 8, of every year.