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World Disability Day: Stakeholders, AHIP Call for an End to Stigma ,Timely Release of Funds

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Amidst the global commemoration of the International Day of People with Disabilities, Hajiya Mairo Bello, the head of the Adolescent Health Information Project (AHIP), addressed the prevalent issue of stigma faced by individuals with disabilities. Speaking passionately during the World Disability Day celebration, Bello emphasized the immense work ethic exhibited by the physically challenged, challenging stereotypes.

Highlighting a broader perspective, Bello drew attention to violence against all individuals, not just girls, including minors. She underscored the significance of recognizing and upholding the rights of every individual, regardless of their abilities. Bello emphasized the need to address social issues and explore collaborative solutions, stating that AHIP is actively seeking ways to work together to tackle these challenges.

In a call to action, Bello urged people with disabilities (PWDs) to build resilience and embrace their own values and self-worth. She emphasized utilizing one’s physical abilities and not succumbing to mental disabilities, promoting a message of empowerment for individuals facing various challenges.

During the discussion, Abba Bello Ahmad raised the question of investments to prevent violence against women. He advocated for the establishment of a commission specifically for PWDs, recognizing the enormity of the task at hand.

Barrister Fatima Ahmad presented a historical overview, citing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 1966.

Exploring the Disability Act, Ahmad stressed the importance of recognizing a commission specifically for PWDs, outlining the rights that would be acknowledged. The act emphasized the right to education for every child and advocated for inclusion rather than exclusion when the disability law is passed. Ahmad expressed concern about children with disabilities resorting to begging and stressed the need to address this issue, preventing a cycle of dependence on begging certificates.

In conclusion, the International Day of People with Disabilities served as a platform not only to acknowledge the challenges faced by PWDs but also to advocate for inclusivity, the protection of rights, and collaborative efforts to eliminate societal stigmas.

Stakeholders also decried inability to release funds to uplift PWDs

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