IDPD 2020: “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”
Stakeholders are concerned about the rising cases of violence against Persons Living with Disability (PWDs) in Nigeria and have called for urgent action towards addressing the problem.
The Executive Director of Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP) Hajia Mairo Bello Garko while speaking at an event Organised by AHIP and KANAWA Foundation, expressed concern over what she described as increasing violence against the disabled persons.
Hajiya Mairo further lamented that despite several sensitization programs on the need to ensure PWDs are included in decision-making, they are still left behind.
Ibraheem Ladi Amosa ( AHIP Kano) aptly put that disability is the disadvantage and exclusion which arise as an outcome of the interactions between people who have impairments and social and environmental barrier s they face due to the failure of society to take account of their rights and needs. He suggested mainstreaming disability and other crosscutting issues in developmental programs. He also advocated for a human rights-based approach in addressing both basic and specific needs of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.