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Don't die in silence, speak up against discrimination, injustices- stakeholders urge PWDs


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Anambra State government and other stakeholders have tasked the People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) on networking for longevity and socioeconomic development.

The stakeholders made the call at Awka, Anambra State capital, when the State Ministry of Women Affairs empowered members of the Association of Anambra State Women with Disabilities (AASWD), a female wing of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), with some cash to support their businesses.

Speaking at the programme, the Anambra State Coordinator, Gender Perspective and Social Development Centre, Mrs Eucharia Anekwe, argued that women with disabilities could live fulfilled lives as well as achieve their various ambitions once they rise beyond their present conditions to acquire skills, relate with others and report any form of discrimination, violence, abuse or injustices meted at them. 

Also speaking, a media Coach and former Special Assistant to the immediate past state governor on Broadcast Media, Ify Aronu-Okafor, urged the PWDs to always arm themselves with the Anambra State Disability Rights Law and other relevant legislations with a view to overcome societal challenges.

Aronu-Okafor further enjoined drivers, motorists and traffic warders in the State to respect the rights of PWDs with regards to safety driving, because according to her, they have rights to alight at their choice locations on healthy ground. 

On his part, the Special Adviser to Governor Chukwuma Soludo on Youth Development Programmes, Dr Nelson Omenugha, represented by Barr. Dubem Kevin, said the State government would partner with the JONAPWD and AASWD in order to make the State liveable and prosperous to PWDs and other citizenry.

Omenugha also invited the groups to his office for more discussions on how the incumbent administration could uplift their welfares.

Commending the State Ministry of Women Affairs for the financial support, the Chairman of JONAPWD, Anambra State chapter, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, urged the beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity to revitalise their businesses.

Earlier, the Chairperson, Association of Anambra State Women with Disabilities (AASWD), Comrade Ncheta Nwanokwara, explained that the empowerment was first batch, and aimed at supporting their members who had acquired different skills like productions of Air freshener, disinfectants, poultry farming and bean cake to start-up their business.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms Francisca Okafor, thanked the State government for the assistance, assuring that she would use the money to improve her poultry farm business and empower others around her. 

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