Centre for the Right to Health (CRH), a leading Non-Governmental Organization, on Thursday celebrated women with disabilities at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, the Imo State capital, as part of it’s activities mapped out to celebrate the 2024 International Women’s Day.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the event, the Program Director of CRH, Mr. Bede Eziefule said women with disabilities were included in their program as aptly captured in the theme of this year, #InspireInclusion; ‘Invest in women, accelerate progress’, stressing that when women are inspired to embrace inclusion, they experience a profound sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment.

He noted with dismay that women with disabilities had over the time, been neglected and excluded from such programs and charged them to continue to strive despite all the barriers against them.

Earlier, a resource person, Mrs. Majorie Ezihe, sensitized the women on what she described as ‘ability in disability’, and urged them to always inspire ability even in their present condition.

She cited instances of differently-abled persons in society who had distinguished themselves in their chosen career, and encouraged them to imbibe the I-Can-Do spirit and learn skills to make themselves self reliant.

Another resource person, Mrs Elizabeth Onyemaechi enlightened the women on some harmful traditional practices affecting women and girls and encouraged them to break the culture of silence when abused.

She assured them of justice with the provisions of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law.

A staff of the NGO, Mrs. Collete Bennett advised women to enrich themselves with knowledge in order to protect their rights.

Mirriam Dike, Egbuchulem Godstime and other participants at the sensitization programme commended the organization for the sensitization session and demanded for more attention on the needs of people living with disabilities.

CRH is a non-profit organization that advocates for the full realization of the right to health in Nigeria and promotion of respect for ethics and human rights in health care policies and practices especially for vulnerable groups such as Women, Youths, children, persons with disabilities and other key population.

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