The Advocacy For Women With Disabilities Initiative has launched skills acquisition centre to empower women and girls with disabilities in Karimajiji, FCT Nigeria.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Acting National Coordinator of Advocacy For Women With Disabilities Initiative (AWWDI), Yakubu Bilkisu said the empowerment will give hopes and ensure economic empowerment and stability amongst persons with disability in FCT.
The event was organised to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and 16 days of activism.
This year theme is “United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGS for, with and by persons with disabilities.”
Bilkisu said “the theme resonates with the event of the day, and extends appreciations to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for their unwavering support and commitment to persons with disabilities.
“We are immensely grateful for their efforts in enabling a more inclusive and empowered society for persons with disabilities most especially women with disabilities around Nigeria.
“The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated annually on December 3rd, aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, while also acknowledging their contributions to the society.
“We reiterate our commitment to creating a world in which every individual, regardless of their abilities, can thrive and participate fully in all aspects of life.
“The constant commitment of our organization has been at the forefront of the fight for the well-being and empowerment of women with disabilities. Our tireless advocacy and initiatives have paved the way for crucial changes in policies, services, and societal attitudes towards women and girls with disabilities.
“Thus, the launch of the Vocational Training Centre is in line with our commitment to inclusivity and empowerment.”
The Acting National Coordinator calls on all stakeholders to work together to implement the African Union (AU) disability protocol.
INN reports that the protocol, adopted by the AU in 2018, was rectified by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu in Nigeria in the month of October.
The protocol seeks to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities across the continent. By focusing on key areas such as accessibility, equality, and social integration, the implementation of the AU disability protocol will ensure that individuals with disabilities enjoy a life of dignity and respect.
Bilkisu noted that “Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiatives is committed in doing a remarkable work in improving the lives of women with disabilities.
“Let us unite and work towards implementing the AU disability protocol, creating a world that upholds and values the rights of all individuals, regardless of their abilities.” She said.