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paper on disability issues in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN)
July 20, 2012
of People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Mat North, recognize the urgent
need to address the human rights concerns of PWDs as we commemorate
the Day of the African Child. To aid our advocacy, we have congregated
at the Tatenda Lodge Conference Room in Vic Falls on the 12th July
2012 and presented key demands necessary in according us our fundamental
rights. We appreciate the existence of the UN Convention on the
Rights of People with Disabilities. We are however concerned that
Zimbabwe has not ratified the Convention.
1. We note with
concern that, there are very few government schools that cater for
children with disabilities and as a result, many children with disabilities
in Zimbabwe end up never going to school. As PWDs, we therefore
miss on livelihood opportunities and information on health.
We are therefore
calling upon responsible authorities to invest in the education
of PWDs paying particular attention to investment in appropriate
2. We note with
concern that information on health does not always resonate with
the basic needs of PWDs resulting in most of us shying away from
accessing health services. We are recommending that PWDs be involved
in the development of materials on health to ensure that their concerns
are adequately addressed.
3. We note with
concern that, access to buildings and public transport and amenities
remain a major obstacle facing People with Disabilities. As a result,
our participation and involvement in national development is limited
We are therefore, calling upon government enforce the establishment
of disability user friendly infrastructure is not user-friendly.
4. We note with
concern that there are no targeted disability friendly livelihood
projects or programmes further marginalizing PWDs whose employment
opportunities have always been limited. Lack of opportunities has
resulted in some PWDs begging which is not sustainable. We are therefore,
calling upon the government to increase the budget allocation for
PWDs in order to promote a wide range of livelihood options for
PWDs. This will empower PWDs to have self-sustenance.
5. We note the
challenges women with visual impairment face when reporting incidences
of sexual violence and abuse. In most cases, perpetrators of rape
have gone unpunished whilst the lives of those abused is damaged
We are therefore,
calling upon the government to institute effective access to justice
for PWD through appropriate training for personnel working in the
filed of administration of justice, police and prison.
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