The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through the Department of Human Development and Social Affairs, is organizing a regional training and coordination meeting of experts from the region, focal points for inclusion of persons with disabilities in West Africa. The event is scheduled to be held in Accra, Ghana from October 10-12, 2022.
The meeting will serve as a framework to build the capacity of Disability Inclusion Focal Points on the reporting requirements of the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It will also sensitize focal points in the region on the importance of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (AfChHPR-PH).
Following the Accra meeting, experts from ECOWAS Member States will develop a framework on appropriate means to enable more Member States to ratify this important protocol of the AfChHPR-PH. To date, only three of the fifteen Member States have ratified the protocol.
As a reminder, the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, which was validated by experts in the region in April 2022, clearly sets out the measures to be undertaken to strengthen the implementation of international instruments and continental forums on the rights of persons with disabilities. disabilities. In this context, ECOWAS is keen to conduct sensitization and sensitization campaigns in the respective Member States for the ratification and implementation of the AfChHPR-PWD and build the capacity of actors in the Member States.
The action plan is the result of the ECOWAS regional study on the inclusion of persons with disabilities, which was conducted between August 2021 and April 2022. The study had revealed that persons with disabilities in the region face social stigma, especially people with intellectual disabilities. , or with a hearing or visual impairment.
As a result of this study, the governments of ECOWAS Member States also committed to take the necessary measures for the inclusive development of persons with disabilities through policies and programs relevant to persons with disabilities who experience various levels of prejudice. , verbal or physical violence linked to certain traditional beliefs which remain widespread in several African communities.
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