The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi FEDOMA has urged gender technical working groups in Mzimba District to help address rights of persons with disabilities in their localities saying persons with disabilities for so long have not being given space to enjoy their rights as there is no inclusive environment.
The development comes during a workshop training conducted by FEDOMA and UNDP with an aim to impart knowledge to the Gender Technical Working Groups (GTWGs) saying such groups are capable to lobby for inclusion since they are empowered with rights for the marginalized groups.
The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi FEDOMA believes that inclusion can be attained if sharing of ideas and best practices is enhanced at policy level by all stake holders. The remarks come amid challenges government is facing in promoting inclusion in public hospitals. FEDOMA has since intensified campaign to train health workers and other stake holders on disability mainstreaming.
It was a colorful event at FEDOMA secretariat where Emmanuel TV Southern Region Chapter donates assorted items to the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi APAM in an effort to alleviate challenges persons with albinism are encountering in their livelihood.
IT is increasingly apparent that persons with disabilities not only have a valuable contribution to the national economy but their employment is also a catalyst to economic empowerment and poverty reduction. There is a strong business case for employing persons with disabilities qualified for a particular job. Employers may gain by expanding the number of eligible workers through the inclusion approach. Further gains may emanate from continuing the employment of those who acquire disability while at work, to return valuable expertise.
It is with this regard the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) decided to draft a disability mainstreaming policy to accommodate persons with disabilities by creating an enabling environment within the organization and other relevant stake holders to achieve inclusiveness at all levels of operations.
History has been written in the books of Malawi as the country has seen a person with disability, Scader Louis being elected as chairperson of the Malawi Human Rights Commission MHRC. Loius is among the two from the disability sector saving at MHRC as she goes along with Boniface Massah, a person with albinism who is currently saving as a commissioner at that Human Rights body.
Sending his congratulatory message that was posted on FEDOMA Facebook, FEDOMA’s Acting Executive Director, Simon Munde, wishes Louis a good life as she works tirelessly to advocate for the rights of minority groups. He therefore, assured her that Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Malawi OPDs will give her moral support so that human rights issues should be advanced. Read More