In the news
JUL 05, 2017
The First batch of 74 persons with disability (PWDs) has been recruited to work at tollbooths across the country. Additional 126 will be engaged later this month.
The move, according to the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, is in line with an initiative by the government to create employment opportunities for PWDs in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
Mr Amoako-Atta made this observation at Pobi Asaawa, near Amasaman in the Ga West municipality of the Greater Accra Region, yesterday at the launch of an initiative by the ministry to recruit 200 PWDs as road toll collectors in all 35 booths across the country. Full story…
JUL 01, 2017
Madam Otiko Afisa Gyaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, says Government would promote policies and create enabling environment for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to function effectively.
She said it would grant annual tax rebate to employers who employed PWDs and work with relevant stakeholders to develop policies on specific job quota for PWDs in both public and private sectors.
Contrary to the perception that PWDS were not productive workforce, she said employers found PWDS more capable and had lower rate of absenteeism and their loyalty to employers was unquestionable. Full story…
JUN 28, 2017
Madam Agyeibea Stella is a 38 year old. She is a woman with physical disability who lives in a small village called Pampawie in the Kadjebi district of the Volta region. She is married with three children.
Madam Agyeibea is one of the numerous persons with disability in the kajebi district who have benefited from the district assembly common fund allocated to persons with disabilities.
Stella is a trained seamstress who did not have enough capital to set up her own shop where she could practice her trade and make the needed income to sustain herself. She applied for the fund to help her improve her dressmaking business and was given an amount of GHc700.00 to enable her set up her business. After receiving the money, she purchased an overlock machine to help her promote her business and serve her numerous clients in the area. The machine has also changed people perception about her disability; “I now have many friends and clients who always want to be with me to learn and do business”. Stella said. Full story…
JAN 26, 2016
Ho, Jan. 26, GNA – VOICE-Ghana, a disability interest think-tank based in Ho, has hinted that it would make disability issues an important topic to be discusses in the 2016 elections.
Mr Francis Asong, Director of Voice-Ghana said the body wants to end the wishy-washy attitude of political parties to concerns of People with Disabilities (PWDs), during campaigns and governance.
He was speaking at a meeting in Ho to evaluate an Inclusive Governance Project for Persons with Disabilities.
Open Society Initiative for West Africa, an American NGO, funded the two-year project, which was implemented by VOICE-Ghana, in 10 districts in the Volta Region.
Mr Asong said the projected Disability Manifesto, akin to the Women’s Manifesto, should commit political parties to the statute-backed world trend of mainstreaming issues of disabilities into governance at all levels. Full story…
MAY 27, 2015
Mr Charles Nyante, Programmes Coordinator of Voice Ghana, a disability rights and advocacy think tank, has appealed to District Assemblies to effectively collaborate with civil society to address disability issues in the country.
He said the inability of some district assemblies to effectively work with civil society organisations to address problems of people living with disabilities, was compounding the problems and rights of disabled persons.
Mr Nyante made the appeal in Tamale on Tuesday at a round-table discussion aimed at petitioning the Local Government Ministry to direct all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, to mainstream the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPDs) into their future Medium-Term Development Planning (MTDP).
FEB 02, 2015
The Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry is putting together a database of persons with disability to enable the ministry facilitate the employment of persons under the group.
Due to their physical disability, such persons are marginalized in society and even the educated amongst them find it difficult to secure decent jobs even though they are qualified for them.
Launching the Ghana Literacy Training Programme for the Deaf in Accra Thursday, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Della Sowah stressed that “Government takes seriously, issues of disability and it is doing all within its powers to make life comfortable for them”. Full story…
DEC 18, 2014
Africa World Airlines (AWA) has expressed shock at being hurled to court by the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) over discrimination against persons with disabilities.
The GSPD has dragged three local airlines Antrak Air, Starbow Airlines and Africa World Airlines to court for discriminating against persons with disabilities by way of refusing to sell flight tickets to them.
GSPD has also sued the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and wants the court, in their case, to restrain them from overlooking, and or refusing to ensure that the other respondents comply with Section 28 (1) of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715). Full story…
NOV 25, 2014
Douglas Quartey, a Development Strategist Sunday observed that the input of People with Disabilities (PWDs) into Ghana?s all round growth, was equally important as that of the gender perspective on policy formulation and execution.
He said mainstreaming issues of PWDs into national plans at all levels, therefore deserved same vim as gender mainstreaming.
Mr Quartey was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the Board Retreat, 2014, of Voice of People with Disability (VOICE-Ghana), a Ho-based disability interest advocacy group. Full story…
APR 28, 2014
The Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) has called on Parliament – the lawmaking body of the country – to start considering the amendment of the Disability Law.
The Federation said, ‘There is the need to harmonize the country’s Disability Act 715 with the International Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities,’ which Ghana is a signatory to.
‘There is the need to harmonize the two laws so that they do not run parallel in application,’ said Isaac Tuggun, GFD Advocacy Officer.
He said the disability law of the country has no specific provisions in it, which makes it difficult for law enforcement agencies to determine how to go about handling disability cases. Full story…
NOV 25, 2013
Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection has called for amendment of the Disability Act 2006 to conform to international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.
She said the amendment would also ensure that the needs of Ghanaians with disability were addressed in accordance with the new mandate given to the Gender Ministry.
Nana Oye made this call on Monday during the inauguration of the National Council on Persons with Disability. She charged the Council to develop modalities for raising funds to facilities its activities.
She said the Council was mandated to pursue and promote a better Ghana experience for the estimated 20 per cent of the nation’s population with disability. Full story…
AUG 21, 2012
The way Persons with Disability (PWDs) are projected and the frequency with which they appear in the Ghanaian media has an enormous impact on how they are perceived and treated in our society. It is rare to find PWDs as part of mainstream media programmes in Ghana.
The World health Organisation (WHO) has indicated that there are more than 600 million PWDs in the world, of which about 80 % live in low-income countries.
Ghana, like most developing countries in the world have PWDs who constitute a serious marginalised group, facing problems in the area of access to health, education, and other interventions that would ideally support and protect them.
JAN 03, 2012
A key provision in the Persons With Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715), which requires public buildings to provide appropriate facilities to make them easily accessible to persons with disability is yet to be enforced, six years after the passage of the law.
The law requires owners or occupiers of public structures to provide appropriate facilities to make them easily accessible by persons with disability. Full story…
Dec 07, 2011
In Ghana, and the world over, People With Disabilities (PWDs) constitute an impoverished and marginalised group, characterised by lack of access to public health, education, and other social services that would ideally support and protect them.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are more than 600 million disabled persons in the world, of which approximately 80% live in low-income countries, and estimates that in Ghana, there are between 7-10% PWDs, representing about 1.55-2.2 million people.. Full story…
“to advocate the rights of Persons with Disability by influencing policies, programmes and activities at the national and local levels and to strengthen the organisations of Persons with Disabilities
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