ANEEJ Tasks CSOs, Media Practitioners On Women, PWDs Inclusion
By: Femi Mustapha
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Media practitioners have been tasked to give visibility to women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), to ensure their inclusion in the society.
This was stated by Miss. Iriyingi Irimagha a Facilitator at a two-day workshop for CSOs and journalists on “Enhancing the advocacy skills on anti-corruption and social inclusive reform issues in Nigeria organised by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), in Abuja, recently.
Irimagha called on participants to engage in sensitization campaign that will encourage women and PWDs participate in every political, economic and social inclusive growth process in the Country
Irimagha explained that Women in Nigeria are marginalised with inadequate access to and control over economic assets, existing discriminatory business practices, and restrictions of free movement.
This, according to her, are just a few of the challenges limiting women’s economic, political and social inclusion in the Country.
Irimagha further said that barriers to Social, political and economic participation and discriminatory practices are also extended to persons living with disabilities (PWDs).
She stressed that, in general, persons with disabilities are less likely to attend school, have lower literacy rates than people living without disabilities, face higher rates of unemployment and face widespread discrimination.
She lamented that sections of the Laws such as provision of special electoral materials for them during elections and ramps in public places are disregarded even by those who enacted such laws.
“Whilst Nigeria’s Disability Rights Act was signed into law in January 2019, implementation of the Act to enable disability-inclusive socio-economic landscape is still a distant reality.
“With very little data available regarding persons with disability in the country, the barriers to disability inclusion are all the greater.” She said.
Speaking on Gender Mainstreaming, she said it is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
She explained It is a strategy for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated.
In his remarks, the Project Manager of ANEEJ-SCALE Mr. Assurance Ovie said the CSO and the media should increase Advocacy and reportage of women’s role, and be strategic in seeking for more inclusion, especially as the 2023 elections are approaching.
He explained that the Anti Corruption war will be visible only if there is inclusion for every citizen.
“We have to start doing the right thing. We need to change our way of thinking, so that the Economic Political and social processes will have a meaningful impact on women and PWDs,” he said