Govt. urged to fast-track Disability Act amendment – GFDOs

By
Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, Dec. 3, GNA –
The Government should fast-track the amendment of the Disability Act to ensure
that it meets current requirements and standards of inclusivity.

The country’s
Disability Act should also be aligned with the United Nations Convention of the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which must include mechanisms and
processes should be put in place to ensure full implementation of the Act

This was contained
in a shadow report of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations launched
with support from Sight Savers.

The launching was
part of the celebration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

The report titled:
“Being Left Behind: Including Disability in the Implementation of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana” contains a compilation of
experiences and lessons from persons with disabilities on the implementation of
the SDGs as well as make recommendations to improve the agenda of disability
inclusion and full participation towards the achievement of the goals.

Mrs Grace Antwi
Atsu, Advocacy Officer of Sight Savers who launched the report said the
government of Ghana has fulfilled its obligation in paragraph 79 of the SDG
document by its submission of a voluntary National Review report to the United
Nations in July 2019

“This was followed
with a civil society shadow report on the implementation of the SDGs to
complement government’s report to show a clear picture of progress of its
implementation in Ghana.”

The report,
recommended among others that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
should have a Disability Desk Officers and government should increase awareness
and knowledge of law makers and policy makers on the needs of persons with
disabilities and on the laws and policies that affects them.

The International
Day for Persons with Disabilities was on the theme: Disability Inclusion in the
Sustainable Development Goals; Renewing Commitments and Mobilizing support from
stakeholders.

Mrs Mawunyo
Yakor-Dagbah, President of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations,
said the celebration of the day in the country is to promote greater commitment
and partnership that will support the inclusion and effective participation of
Persons with Disabilities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development
Goals in Ghana.

She said: “The SDGs
are vocal about the basal level needs of persons with disabilities and talks
our basic human rights and disability Inclusive development.”

Mrs Yakor Dagbah
said all the 17 goals, their targets and indicators are directly linked to the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

She said with the
support of Voice Netherlands, a non-governmental organization, the GFD was also
implementing a project dubbed “Leave no Woman Behind” which aimed at bridging
the inequality gap and ensure that Women with Disabilities are fully taken care
of in the implementation of the SDGs.

The International
Day for Persons with Disabilities is a day proclaimed by the United Nations
General Assembly in 1992 with the aim of promoting the rights, inclusion,
participation and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of
society and development as well as increase awareness of the situation of
persons with disabilities

GNA

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