By AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, Abuja
Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC) has said it plans to sensitize the media practitioners on the issue of violence against women and girls with disabilities and to facilitate their inclusion in the development agenda of the nation.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Executive Director, DRAC, Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, the group said the issue of human rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria can no longer be overlooked.
She stated that the non-profit organisation is currently implementing the Zero Tolerance Advocacy Project (ZTAP) with support from Christoffel-Blinden Mission (CBM) aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria, with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a pilot site. The project became necessary because the incidence of violence against women with disabilities has been on the increase in recent times and is grossly under reported.
“Research carried out has shown that the media has a great role to play in educating the public on issues around gender and disability based violence and in challenging/changing negative attitudes and stereotypes especiallyas it pertains to women and girls with disabilities,” she said.
She noted that the August 16, 2017 event is to also share the vision for the Zero Tolerance Advocacy Project with the media to ensure their buy-in, support and commitment to ending violence against women and girls with disabilities.