July 24, 2024
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Government handed petition to protect disability rights

The government of Ghana has received a petition with 48,063 signatures demanding for action to protect the rights of people with disabilities ahead of UN session on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

National Vice President of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), Sirina Mahamadu, presented the petition to the Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection in Accra.

In all, about 48,063 individuals from 121 nations, including 14,178 signatures from Ghana, signed the document.

The various signatories include the disability movement, persons with disabilities, Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the general public.

Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations and Sightsavers’ Equal World campaign jointly organised the ‘Promise in Peril’ petition.

The campaign has also called on world leaders to keep the SDG promise of leaving no-one behind and ensure disability is specifically addressed in discussions on the SDGs.

According to a statement by the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations, “the government of Ghana will join other member states at the SDG Summit in New York on 18-19 September, to make new commitments and assess progress on the global goals”.

The outcome of the summit will be a political declaration, global and national commitments made by UN member states.

Senior Programmes Manager of Sightsavers, David Agyeman, “As the world arrives at the halfway point of the 2030 deadline, progress on the SDGs has derailed – they are completely off-track. People with disabilities are being hit hardest by the lack of progress on poverty and inequality. The promise to leave no-one behind is in peril.”

The call follows a new UN report which shows that the SDGs cannot be achieved unless urgent action is taken to include marginalised groups, including people with disabilities, but that they are being left furthest behind in global progress. For example, globally people with disabilities are up to twice as likely to be in poverty and those without disabilities.

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