Equal opportunities must be given to people with disabilities to promote economic growth-GFD

The Ghana Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations (GFD) reiterated the need to build an inclusive society for all Persons Living with Disabilities (PWD) in Ghana.

Promoting inclusive economic growth depends on equal opportunity for all, regardless of stature or physique.

Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG) Vice President Martha Coffie made the landmark remarks during a meeting of the Gender Equality Committee held in Accra to assist Federation leaders to develop an action plan based on a gender equality policy revised last year. .

She said the action plan would help operationalize the gender policy. We want equal opportunities to be given to people with disabilities, especially women, to enable them to contribute to decision-making.

Inclusiveness is what we want to achieve. The government must ensure that the country’s education system is inclusive, with equal learning opportunities for people with disabilities (PD).

She noted that people with disabilities were often overlooked in policy making, limiting their access to education and their ability to participate in social, economic and leadership positions.

We want to break down all these barriers and encourage all actors to renew and operationalize their commitments in order to build an inclusive and equitable society for all, including people with disabilities (PD).

The Ghana Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations (GFD) further called on government and health sector stakeholders to make sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services affordable for people living with disabilities (PWD) to to allow them access.

The leaders also pleaded with the government to invest heavily in the development of sport for people with disabilities.

This would help strengthen the commitment of people with disabilities and promote the development of their sporting activities.

Special Mothers Executive Director Hannah Awadzi reiterated the need for the country to have a care policy where the government would create facilities and employ trained people to care for children with disabilities.

That said, it would help ease the burden on parents/guardians caring for children with disabilities.

Adding that when such measures are put in place, it will help the country to address the high youth unemployment rate.

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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