Many persons with disabilities especially women and girls do not identify / define certain violent and dehumanizing acts committed against them as abuse, this has led to a high rate of sexual, physical emotional and financial abuse amongst them.
It is in view of this that DRAC held a one-day GBV and DBV sensitivity training for the FCT disability community as part of activities under her Zero Tolerance Advocacy Project.
The training, which was funded by Christoffel Blinden Mission, brought together representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities from all the area councils in the FCT in a bid to sensitize them on the issue of violence against women and girls with disabilities and equip them with skills and resources necessary for addressing GBV/DBV.
In an opening remark, DRAC’s Executive Director, Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, stated that the disability community in the FCT have a great role to play in the fight against violence against women and girls with disabilities. She appealed to them to always be proactive when it comes to issues concerning them as they are the ones that will give the relevant authorities insight into the violence they encounter.
Participants were taken through the concepts of gender and disability, GBV and DBV, using interactive exercises and case studies.
The main highlight of the event was the ‘spider web’ exercise that was used to illustrate the ideal and safest channels for reporting violence and seeking support / justice.
Participants commended DRAC for always positively profiling disability issues and constantly strengthening capacities of persons with disabilities on various developmental issues.
Certificates of participation were also presented to participants.