Africa

Proposal for a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria

NIGERIA: The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the establishment of a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu who stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister,… Continue Reading »

Disability Accessibility Standard in Namibia Aims to Make Progress in the Built Environment

NAMIBIA: Imagine every day and every activity being a challenge or simply not being able to take part in everyday life. People with disabilities face this prospect daily, simply because buildings and infrastructure have not been made with them in mind. Leaving buildings, offices, schools, shops and infrastructure inaccessible to them because of lack of wheelchair… Continue Reading »

Uganda: Calls for Disability-friendly Lockdown Measures

As of Wednesday, 52 people are confirmed to have coronavirus in Uganda, with no death related to COVID-19 registered. Globally, nearly 1.5 million people have been affected, with the death toll exceeding 80,000. Uganda has ramped up its fight against the deadly virus, with a national taskforce led by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in… Continue Reading »

South Africa: Early Grants for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities Amid COVID19 Outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA: The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has brought forward the payment of social grants for the elderly and persons with disabilities for the month of April in an effort to lower the risk of Covid-19 infection by reducing congestion at retailers and banks. In a statement, Sassa said it had been inundated with… Continue Reading »

ECOWAS Commission Tasks Members on Increased Budget to Promote Education Accessibility and Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities

NIGERIA: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has tasked member states on specific budgetary provisions to promote education accessibility and inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, returnees and stateless persons. Mr Emmanuel Okorodudu, Head of Division, Democracy and Good Governance, Department of Political Affairs and Regional Security… Continue Reading »

ITU Tasks Nigeria, Other Member Countries on Inclusive ICT Growth

United Nations arm in charge of global telecommunication development, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has charged member countries on inclusive information and communications technology (ICT) growth. Specifically, ITU said members, including developing countries such as Nigeria, should focus attention on the role of emerging technologies in promoting ICT accessibility. The body, which was founded May… Continue Reading »

CBM Launches New Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) Application

ZIMBABWE: Marking the International Day of Persons with Disability, CBM launches a new Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) application (www.cbm.org/i-drr) and releases a new version of its Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT). The CBM Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT) (www.cbm.org/hhot), providing step-by-step practical guidance on inclusive humanitarian field work, first went live at the end of 2017. Since then,… Continue Reading »

Gambia Committed to Addressing Issues Experienced by Persons with Disabilities

GAMBIA: Permanent Secretary of the ministry of women and children affairs have resounded Gambia government continued commitment in addressing the challenges and concerns in the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities in national development process. Addressing a two-day advocacy seminar for National Assembly Members on inclusion, participation and representation of women, youth and people… Continue Reading »

Egyptian ICT Ministry Collaborates to Empower Persons with Disabilities

EGYPT: Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a MoU with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to carry out projects to improve the lives of disabled people. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to work together for the… Continue Reading »

Seychelles: Persons with Hearing Impairment Get First Sign Language Dictionary

SEYCHELLES: The hearing-impaired community in Seychelles has its own sign language dictionary for the first time. The dictionary was launched last Saturday after 10 years of work in a ceremony held at the Citizenship Engagement Platform (CEPS) in Victoria, the capital. When presenting the dictionary, Annie Risler from the University of Lille, said that “it is… Continue Reading »