The Voice of Disability Initiative (VDI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has advocated an improvement in the access to sexual and reproductive health services (SRHS) for women and girls living with disabilities.
The organisation explained that a lot of women and girls living with disabilities face discrimination when accessing sexual and reproductive health services.
To draw the attention of policymakers and relevant stakeholders to their plight, the VDI has begun the implementation of a project targeted at women and girls living with disabilities.
At a training workshop on the VDI/Amplifying Change Project in Abuja, the Project Manager of VDI, Mr Edward Ogenyi, said: “Disability is an issue and we must respond to it. VDI is implementing a project entitled “Amplifying Change-supported Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Project in Nigeria.” The project is targeting albinos, hard of hearing, the physically challenged, among others.
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“The project will be implemented in Enugu, Benue, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and it is being funded by Amplifying Change.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Voice of Disability Initiative (VDI), Catherine Edeh said: “This programme is very important because all of us, especially women with disabilities, have diverse needs. We often are left behind with our needs not attended to. VDI was borne out of this.
“No single person can do this alone, hence we must form a team so that we will make the impact that we need for project development. Nobody has to be left behind. This is a process that we all need to patiently push. There have been some positive impacts in our course, such as the Disability Rights Commission, Disability Act, etc. We did not have all these before, but today we have them.”
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