35th Conference for Persons with Disabilities in Ghana

The Ghanaian government recently celebrated the 35th biennial Persons with Disabilities Conference. The government takes this issue incredibly seriously, as evidenced by its Persons with Disability Law and its participation in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the event, Hon. Daniel Syme, Deputy Regional Minister for Bolgatanga, discussed these and other victories in terms of legal promotion of the rights and empowerment of persons with disabilities in the country.

In particular, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) is pioneering a pilot Disability Employment Project, which includes ICT training for persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on those who are female.

Furthermore, two years ago, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection provided GHC 1.5 million for 23,814 persons with disabilities to help them meet their basic needs.

Finally, the government is working to develop a registration database for persons with disabilities to ensure that the government can develop more effective policies and programmes.

This four-day conference and the government’s related policy and programmatic work are clearly important steps towards the social and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities in the country.

Source: Government of Ghana, Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media