Let’s give our women and PWDs a chance in the local elections

By
Rihanna Adam/ Jennifer Quaye GNA

Accra, Dec 3, GNA – Madam
Otiko Afisa Djaba, a former Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection,
on Tuesday, appealed to Ghanaians to vote for the women and persons with
disabilities contesting the Local Government elections on Tuesday, December 17.

Addressing a Town
Hall Meeting to commemorate the International Day of Persons With Disabilities
(PWDs), Madam Djaba said only 20 PWDs and 909 women picked up nominations forms
to contest the assembly and unit committee elections.

More than persons
18,510, she said, picked up forms for the elections, which would enable them to
serve their local communities for a four-year term, when given the nod.

The founder of the
Henry Djaba Memorial Foundation stated: “There are over 18,510 people who have
picked up nominations forms, unfortunately the women are only 909; and persons
with disability are just about 20, where is their accessibility, where is their
independence?

“Campaign for them,
encourage them, support them and on 17th December and vote for them, to make
the present accessible before the future can be accessible. This is our time to
make a difference”. 

The 2019
International theme of day is, “Promoting the participation of persons with
disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 development
agenda”.

Madam Otiko Djaba
said all human beings were born by a woman but women and persons with
disabilities were discriminated against and this undermined the progress of
society.

“Vote for persons
with disability so that their voices can be represented, so that at the local
government, they too can be made to feel human because they have human rights,
guaranteed by our constitution.  Every citizen
has a human right, why do we always say that persons with disability cannot
make it in life?” 

They may be
physically challenged, she said, but their brains were intact, and therefore
should be encouraged and not stigmatised.

The event was
jointly organised by the Henry Djaba Memorial Foundation and the
Inter-Ministerial Cooperating Committee on Decentralisation.

Dr. Lawrence Tetteh,
a renowned international evangelist, and president of the Worldwide Miracle
Outreach, who chaired the event,   said
disability should not be equated with inability, therefore, everyone in the
society had a specific role to play.

He said he was hopeful that someday, a person
with disability will become the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, or
the President of Ghana, therefore, they should not give up.

Women, he said, should also be given the
mantle of leadership because they were more judicious with managing resources
and less corrupt.

“Men are corrupt
than women, so let’s encourage women to take up responsibilities.

Dr. Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey once said when you
educate a man, you educate an individual but when you educate a woman, you
educate a whole community and a nation.”

In a statement to
mark the Day, Mr Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations
emphasised: “When we secure the rights of people with disabilities, we move
closer to achieving the central promise of the 2030 Agenda – to leave no one
behind.”

GNA

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