Lilongwe: 3rd November 2016
The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has launched the disability awareness month at a press conference which was held at Central Office of Information in Lilongwe.
Speaking during the launch, Minister responsible, Jean Kalilani said the disability awareness month will help the country to reflect on the plight persons with disabilities in the country face. She added that she was also hopeful that the month will help to increase levels of public awareness on issues affecting persons with disabilities.
“During the month long awareness campaign, my Ministry in collaboration with all stakeholders will carry out different activities to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The campaign will involve the media in order to reach out to the greater masses of the population on issues of disability and sustainable development of the societies,” she said.
The minister further stated that each Malawian is mandated and called upon to protect, promote and fulfill all the rights and aspirations of persons with disabilities in the communities, professional and careers.
In her remarks, Federation of People with Disabilities in Malawi (FEDOMA) board chair Towera Masiku encouraged the nation to help protect the rights of persons with disabilities. She said that it is the duty of every Malawian to ensure that persons with disabilities are taken care of.
Masiku said that not every person with a disability was born with it. She said some people become disabled in adulthood and therefore everyone has a chance to have a disability. She then called upon the nation to take disability issues seriously.
Malawi will commemorate the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) under the theme “Achieving all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the future we want,” at Luchenza Community Centre Ground in Thyolo. The commemoration will be presided over by Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of the Republic of Malawi.