‘EMBRACE DIFFERENTLY-ABLED WOMEN IN POLITICS’

By ANNIE ZULU and MARTIN AKENDE
 POLITICAL parties should provide mechanisms and institutional policies to support the participation of women with disabilities in politics, says Disability Right Watch president Joseph Munsanje.
Mr Munsanje observed that with the current culture of politics, it was difficult for women with disabilities and limited financial resources to get adopted.
He said political leaders should join hands with other members of the civil society to ensure persons with disabilities become active participants in the political society of the country.
Mr Munsanje said this in a speech read for him by Disability Rights Watch national coordinator Bruce Chooma at the consultation meeting on political participation of women with disabilities in Lusaka.
And Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) executive director Juliet Chibuta was concerned at the low numbers of people with disabilities participating in politics.
Ms Chibuta said there was need to find practical ways to ensure legislation to protect and support people with disabilities are implemented.
Meanwhile DEMO FINILAND the Political Parties of Finiland for Democracy programmes manager Emma Pajunen noted that women representation in policy-decision remain low.
Ms Pajunen said there was need to strengthen women with disabilities participating in politics as well as eliminating barriers discouraging women participation in politics.
The ZNWL, the Disability Rights Watch and DEMO Finiland has organised a one-day consultative meeting on political participation of women with disabilities in politics.

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