By CHATULA KAMPO –
THE Zambia Deaf Youth and Women (ZYDW) has called for stakeholder’s involvement in the implementation of the new convention on Human Rights for persons with disabilities and the Disability act.
Executive Director Frankson Musukwa said there was need for all stakeholders to take an active role in seeing to it that the new convention and Disability Act no 6 of 2012 on human rights were fully implemented.
Mr Musukwa said the implementation of the new convention and Disability Act would allow persons living with disabilities to demand the enjoyment of their human rights, protection and respect in society.
“It is now common knowledge that the deaf are missed out in the development of polices and plans of the nation. Therefore, there is urgent need for projects that will enable the deaf take part in policy making,” he said
He said this during the official opening of the deaf human rights advocate training at Palace Hotel in Ndola yesterday.
Mr Musukwa said 25 youths and women from different parts of the Copperbelt were undergoing training in human rights and would become advocates in their respective areas.
He said the training of human rights advocates would help drive advocacy activities of the deaf in the country.
He said human rights advocacy and effective communication was key in the development of people living with disabilities as it would enable victims identify their needs.
And Copperbelt Province Human Rights Officer, Charity Sabi urged all person living with disability in the province to report problems they encounter to the Human Rights Commission(HRC) on time.
Ms Sabi urged all parents and guardians to take children living with disability to school without discriminating them.
She stressed the need to respect and uphold human rights and the dignity of persons living with disability.