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IWD: Women With Disabilities Urged To Pressure Government For Employment, Others

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By Matthew Ogune, Abuja

Centre for Citizen’s with Disabilities (CCD) has urged women with disabilities in Nigeria to continue to challenge the systems and institutions to ensure access to employment and empowerment.

CCD Executive Director David Anyaele who made this call yesterday in Abuja maintained that women with disabilities must also pressurise the government to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence, and secure sexual reproductive health rights in order to maximize their potentials.

According to Anyaele CCD is concerned that women with disabilities in Nigeria have continued to struggle for equal opportunity, access to healthcare and education as well as respect for their human rights.

Adding that: “This is the time for women with disabilities to join politics. There are lots of opportunities for women with disabilities in the political arena as speaking outside the policy table would prolong the struggle for women with disabilities participation in governance.

“Today is International Women’s Day, a day set aside globally to celebrate the contributions of women and girls to international development and impact.

“The occasion which usually appreciates the determination, resilience and multi-tasking nature of women *across board*, also seeks to create awareness on the need for women to be given chances and opportunities to contribute equally with their male counterparts.

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“This year’s Theme is “Choose to Challenge” reminds us the resilience, doggedness, determination and constant push by women with disabilities in Nigeria to create society that is inclusive and participatory on equal basis with others.

“CCD wishes to use this opportunity to reaffirm its position for a better society for women most importantly women with disabilities, whom the society has long neglected and excluded.”

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