Connect with us
Advertisement

Addressing barriers of people living with disabilities

African Union Commission (AUC) says there is an urgent need to address disability within a dedicated framework of legal, programmatic and institutional provisions, which is necessitated by the reality regarding the prevalence of disabilities on the continent.

AUC Senior Social Welfare Officer, Lefhoko Kesamang said disability is a development issue because of the bi-directional link to poverty: as it may increase the risk of poverty and poverty may increase the risk of disability.

“People with disabilities and their families are more likely to experience economic and social disadvantage and harmful practices than those without disabilities,” said Kesamang.

However, Kesamang indicated that there is a charter dubbed the AU Disability Strategic Framework (AUDSF) mandated to solve problems faced by people living with disabilities.

“To address these barriers and the unacceptable situation of person with disabilities in the countries of Africa, national, regional and continental level. The AU adopted the framework in 2019 after the elapse of the Second African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2010-2019).”

Kesamang further indicated that the institutional component of the AUDA is being finalized and responsibilities of each stakeholder participating in the implementation of the AUDSF and mainstreaming of disability in development is being refined.

AUDI Secretariat, according to Kesamang, is to facilitate recognition and respect of the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa, “as well as affording them an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the socio-economic and political lives of their respective societies through the development and review of disability relevant policies and legislative acts.”

AU DISABILITY PROTOCOL

Kesamang stressed that AU Disability Protocol, the legal component of the AUDA is the AU Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“It is necessitated by the fact that by and large African human rights instruments fall short of the minimum standards established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Protocol would provide an opportunity to tailor significant provisions which are applicable in Africa.”

The purpose of the protocol, Kesamang said is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human and people’s rights by all persons with disabilities, and to ensure respect for their inherent dignity.

“It shall be interpreted and applied in accordance with ensuring non-discrimination, full and effective participation and inclusion in society, respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity, equality of opportunity and accessibility.”

PLAN OF ACTION ON THE FAMILY IN AFRICA

Sociologists have defined the family as a group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood or adoption characterized by a common residence constituting a household interacting and communicating with one another in their respective social roles and maintaining a common culture.

The main objective of the Plan of Action is to advocate for the promotion, formulation, implementation, and monitoring of policies and programmes to ensure the protection of and support to the African family so as to enable it play its role more effectively in the development of Africa.

More specifically, the Plan of Action on the family is aimed at assisting Member States to create structures and mechanisms for responding to problems affecting the family and develop a Management Information System (MIS) on the African family, for data collection, analysis, utilization, dissemination, storage and retrieval at all levels.

It is also intended at helping Member States develop capacity for the improvement of the standard of living of the family.

PLAN OF ACTION PRIORITY AREAS

Poverty alleviation, rights to social services: education, family health and reproductive health, promoting environmental sustainability: environment, water and sanitation, adequate shelter and land ownership.

News

DJ Bafana’s one man show on the cards

21st February 2024

DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.

In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.

What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.

As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.

 

Continue Reading

News

Lady of Soul remains tenacious as ever

21st February 2024

Radio Personality Tebogo Sekgoma affectionately known as Lady of Soul is determined to keep pursuing her ambitions vigorously, in spite of hurdles and stumbling blocks.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, Sekgoma divulged that she is working on her memoir. Although she won’t reveal much, the broadcast veteran said she will essentially be telling the story of her life.

The former Sunday Live host is also serving as a board member (Secretary General) at Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BABPS). She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the visually impaired, a hiccup she refused to succumb to.

 

Continue Reading

News

Inside the new disability Law

21st February 2024

The new Disability Law in Botswana is a significant step towards ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the country. This act, which was passed into law on the 11th of December 2023, is a reflection of Botswana’s commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

One of the key provisions of the act is the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in work-related matters. This means that employers will no longer be able to discriminate against individuals based on their disability when it comes to hiring, promotion, or any other aspect of employment. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

The act also establishes a National Disability Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the act and ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected. This council will play a vital role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities in all areas of life.

In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, the act also sets out disability standards that must be adhered to by employers and other entities. These standards are designed to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access the same opportunities and services as everyone else, without facing any barriers or discrimination.

Furthermore, the act provides for actions plans to be developed to address the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as administrative penalties and fines for those who fail to comply with the provisions of the act. This sends a clear message that discrimination against persons with disabilities will not be tolerated in Botswana.

Overall, the new Disability Law in Botswana is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. By prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and setting out clear standards for the treatment of persons with disabilities, this act will help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to fully participate in society.

 

Continue Reading