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Inclusion Yet Uneducated -The Disabled Women Story

Disabled women are said to be at a lower ladder when it comes to education and are equally faced with numerous forms of discrimination on a daily bases.
According to statistics, disabled women stand at 39 percentage while disabled men are at far higher level in terms of education.
Section 2.7 of the Decent Work Law talks about inclusion and the prohibition of discrimination on people with disabilities, while there was a convention held in 2012 to rectify the rights of persons living with disabilities.
But that seems not the case as the Director for Social Welfare Committee at the National Disabled Commission, Esther Nyenatee, confirmed that less than 80% of the people living with disabilities are educated.
The NDC Director for Social Welfare Committee said in an interview that though there is training opportunities for people with disabilities in order to educate them on their rights and be taken off the streets, the Commission is dying slowly due to lack of attention.
She is also asking that women with disabilities look after children by sending them to school despite their conditions.
“They never asked God for the condition they are in now, and so we mothers should show them love and good care,” Madam Nyenatee narrated
Meanwhile, the disabled community of Liberia has been calling on the Liberian government and humanitarian organizations for inclusion in society.
Discrimination and lack of attention within the disabled community have cause harm to people living with disabilities over the years.
Also, at a one-day event the Ministry of Health, Emmanuel Gweamee said, there is a need that people living with disabilities have access to good health, employment and quality education.
He said doing so will help reduce the poverty rate of disable people and have their voice heard across country, stating that 16% to 19% of the country’s population is disabled.
However, Gweamee referred to himself as a lucky person when sharing his story as someone with disability because according to him, he has access to love and education despite his condition.
There are still calls for government to recognize that disable people are human beings and they should be seen as leaders, workers, change makers and educators, among others who need full support to help develop the country. By Decontee M. Karngar-FeJAL/USAID Media Activities.

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