|Posted on:||Thursday, 16th May, 2019|
CBM partner Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has created an accessible version of Nigeria’s landmark Disability Act, which became law last year. The simplified version, launched in March by Anthony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), will help promote understanding of the new Act and empower people with disabilities to advocate for its implementation.
DRAC Executive Director, Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, welcomed the passing of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018, as “a truly important day for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the disability community in particular”, but emphasised that the Act without implementation is not enough.
CBM has been working with DRAC since 2016 to reduce violence against women and girls with disabilities. Respect Not Abuse project focusses on advocacy, awareness-raising and practical support to enable women and girls to access services. This new legislation should help achieve the project’s aims to bring about lasting change and end violence against women and girls with disability.
Image: Irene Patrick-Ogbogu DRAC Executive Director (centre), plus DRAC members, gather to launch the Simplified Version of Nigeria’s new disability legislation.