Community members in Bubi Ward 12 have engaged the District Development Coordinator on the inclusion of people with disabilities in development and decision making structures.
The exclusion of people with disabilities in community processes is one of the advocacy issues which the Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team is working on. The issue emerged during an advocacy training workshop convened by the organization.
It was noted that local decision making platforms do not capture the needs and voices of people with disabilities. In an effort to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities in decision making platforms, the Action Team and local leadership have since submitted a letter of request to DDC for the inclusion of PWDs in village development committees.
The DDC’s office has since commended the work done by the Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team on speaking out on the issue. The office of the DDC further highlighted the need to amplify calls for the inclusion of PWDs citing that their representation remains at alarmingly low levels in the district.
Councillor Thebe who was also part of the delegation which submitted the letter expressed hope that the initiative will necessitate inclusive development in the ward.
Engaging the DDC is one of the many strategies that the Action Team has employed to promote the active participation of people with disabilities in community processes.
Source: Habakkuk Trust