A group, Advocacy for Women and Girls with Disabilities Initiative (AWWDI) has urged stakeholders to ensure full implementation of the African Union Protocol on the protection of the rights of Persons With Disabilities.
Ms Bilkisu Yakubu, the National Coordinator of the group, disclosed this on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Yakubu said, this has become necessary to address the plight of persons with disabilities in the country especially women and girls with disabilities who are more vulnerable and exposed to different forms of discrimination and exploitation.
The National Coordinator while commending President Bola Tinubu for signing African Union charter which guarantees the rights of Persons with disabilities, says it is a step in the right direction.
” As a group we believe this is a step in a right direction because we see this as an affirmation of the promises made during the campaign by the president.
”Because he promise to give more attention to issues affecting persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
”AWWDI therefore look forward to the full implementation of the AU protocol on disability in Nigeria and most importantly the community of women and girls with disabilities” she said.
The AU Protocol on Disabilities was adopted in 2018 by the African Union, to address all forms of discrimination perpetuated against Persons with Disabilities across African Continent
The AU Protocol also seeks to tackle the ingrained issues of disability discrimination so that everyone can access health, education and employment without stigma.