WHY SUPPORT OUR INITIATIVE?
- Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised and discriminated groups in the society. Census 2011 reports that 10.8% of children in the 5-9 age cohort and 4.1% in the 10-14 age cohort live with disabilities. There are very limited resources available to assist children and their families cope with the effects of disabilities.
- Unfortunately, society fears, judges, and discriminates what they do not understand. As such, children with disabilities experience different forms of exclusion and are affected by them in varying degrees, depending on factors such as the type of disability they have, where they live and the culture or class to which they belong. They are affected by attitudinal factors such as stereotypes, prejudice, and stigma.
- Studies have shown that despite disability awareness campaigns, disability in African society is still seen as a curse from God, ancestral violation of societal norms, consequences of illegal or unapproved marriages, or possession by evil spirits. As a result, women are abandoned by their husbands and discriminated against by society after giving birth to a child with disability and are left to fend for their child(ren) alone.
The Empowerment Programme aims to mobilise those most affected by human rights violations to take civic action on issues affecting them. The approach of the Empowerment Programme is to mobilise children, youth, and caregivers to come together, learn about human rights and establish peer-led self-advocacy groups. With facilitation, technical and practical support, the self-advocacy groups meet regularly, support fellow members, and embark on planning and executing advocacy activities and events.
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