Deaf youth, women call for domestication of UNCRPD
Lusaka, March, 1, 2013, ZANIS…….The Zambia Deaf Youth and Women have called on President Michael Sata to domesticate the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ahead of the International Women’s Day commemorations in order to protect women and girls against all forms of violence.
Zambia Deaf Youth and Women Executive Director, Frank Musukwa, said Zambia, being a state party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, should ensure that women with disabilities enjoy all human rights on an equal basis with others.
Article 6 of the UNCRPD notes that State Parties recognize that women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination, and in this regard shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The same article further outlines that State Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms
set out in the present Convention.
In his Message posted on social media to women worldwide ahead of their day, which falls on March 8, Mr Musukwa has reminded government of the obligation to respect the rights of women with disabilities under international and regional laws, the national constitution and other domestic legislation.
“As a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Zambia should ensure that women with disabilities enjoy all human rights on an equal basis with others.
“In practice, the government of President Sata needs to do more to domesticate UNCRPD to protect women with disabilities from sexual violence, gender abuse, and degrade treatment, poverty and to ensure their access to basic services if the International Women Day will have to be meaningfully commemorated,” reads Mr Musukwa’s message in part.
Zambia will join the rest of the globe on March 8 to commemorate the International Women’s Day under the theme, “the Gender Agenda: gaining momentum.”