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Persons with disabilities urged to speak up against rights abuse

Desire Lordson

Persons with disabilities have been urged to speak up whenever their rights are trampled upon. 

This was the position of some Civil Liberty Organizations in Port Harcourt as they wrap up the 16 days of activism against women and girls.

Speaking on the importance of sharing experiences in cases of abuse on persons with disabilities, the Rivers State Coordinator of Africa Women Lawyers Association, Mrs. Gloria Oyah said educating the boy child on the values in protecting the rights of women and girls will also check the rise in gender abuse.

On her part, Mrs. Laureta Ahokpeme of Amaclaire Connect and Development Initiative, pointed that engaging men and boys in the fight against gender violence, will bring about the needed change on the matter.

Earlier, Director of Faecare Foundation, Miss Ndifreke Andrew-Essien, decried the challenges that lack of inclusion in policy and project development in the society, plunge women with disability into.

Immediate past Chairman of the Joint National Association of persons with Disabilities, Rivers State Chapter, Mr. Kie Obomanu, also called for sign language instructors as well as other amenities that will make living more comfortable for persons with disabilities.

The workshop brought together, some members of the disability community and stakeholders across Rivers State.

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