Advocacy for Women With Disabilities Initiative organized a One Day Training of Women With Disabilities on Violence Against Women and Girls With Disabilities.
The workshop is part of the activities under AWWDI’s Amplify Visibility and Voice project supported by Disability Rights Fund (DRF).
The workshop which took place on Wednesday 15th, December, 2021 provided opportunity for AWWDI to train women and girls with disabilities (WWDs) on Violence Against Women and Girls using the simplified version of UNCRPD, Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP act) and National Policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights of Persons With Disabilities With Emphasis on Women and girls.
The Executive Director of AWWDI, Mrs. Patience Dickson, in an interview with the press said that the training is based on amplifying the effect of Gender Based Violence (GBV) on women and girls with disabilities. It is to train women and girls with disabilities to speak up when necessary against Gender Based Violence.
Speaking further, she reminded that 16 Days of Activism on GBV that was just concluded, it is proper that the training is coming so that the voices of women with disabilities would also be heard on GBV.
“The training was to educate WWDs on the specific violence and abuses faced by WGWDs and also build their knowledge on their rights and how they should rise against GBV” she added.
Mrs Eqi Anazonwu, Coordinator, Legislative Advocacy Coalition in Violence against Women Initiative ( LACVAW) in the first presentation built the knowledge of the participants on the Violence against Women, getting them to understand the specific violence faced by women.
On the second presentation, Mrs. Patience Ogolo-Dickson took the participants on strategies for advocacy for Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities.
One of the participants, Miss Uchenna Madueke said that the training provided opportunity for her to learn new strategies to address issues of GBV against WWDs.
Another participant, Malama Maryam Maliafiya said that the training has educated her on how to respond to Gender Based Violence against Women and Girls With Disabilities.
TQM learnt that about 40 women with disabilities were trained and they are expected to be the voice for other WWDs, stepping down the knowledge to other WWDs, advising them on the right step to take whenever any act of violence is perpetuated against them as well as advocating against GBV of WGWDs.