As part of activities to commemorate the world disability day, the FCT chapter of the Deaf Women Association of Nigeria has called on the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency, grant an accelerated hearing to the Disability Bill.
The Chairperson of the Association, Mrs Helen Udoye Beyioku – Alase who gave the indication at a news conference in Abuja said the bill, if signed into law will put a stop to all forms of institutional, attitudinal and environmental barriers faced by citizens with disabilities.
The Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, in collaboration with IPAS a Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) Nigeria on the 2nd edition of Deaf Women Health awareness week in commemoration of 2015 International Day for Persons with Disabilities. “Deaf women and girls have one great challenge, that they receive very little attention in Nigeria.
We are often discriminated and viewed as negatively by society due to our past experience which was rooted in the way society responded to us, by the way we were socially, devalued, excluded from playing field as women and rendered us invisible both in development agenda and social inclusion in Nigeria.
“Basically, deaf women and girls need encouragement and this is part of our clarions call on the society to let them know, that ‘Empowering Deaf Women omen i Empowering Humanity’ we need sponsors to assist some deaf women and girls to acquire education, set up business, finance some ventures, acquire skills and vocational training that will assist them in becoming self reliance so that they can make a living not liability to themselves and society at large “she said.
The Association however want the government to : promote and provide formal and informal sexual and reproductive health education to girls and women with disabilities especially Deaf Women and girls by paying necessary attention to their communication needs through the use of sign – language interpreter to easy communication modes.
– Charity Simon, Abuja