Mash-Central: UNCRPD testimonies overwhelms International Day for Persons with Disabilities

By Tendai Guvamombe

The International Day for Persons with Disabilities is commemorated on the 4th of December every year. Governments, Organizations and individuals combined efforts to make the day a success.

This year’s commemorations were running under the theme: “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive and sustainable post COVID-19 World.”

In Mashonaland Central Province the day was observed with a different. Development Aid From People to People(DAPP) in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) and the European Union held separate commemorations in Bindura Town, Rushinga and Shamva Districts respectively.

The Non Governmental Organization had unleashed different disability Programmes in various communities. The Programmes spotlighted Youth With Disabilities (YWDs) as part of Disability Mainstreaming inline with United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Spotlight Online News Africa News crew attended the commemorations held in Shamva district on 7th December 2020. The event was attended by persons with disabilities, duty bearers from government ministries, Disability Organizations, Civic Society and community leaders.

Youth With Disabilities(YWDs) and Disabled Persons Organizations(DPOs) were given the opportunity to express themselves. Most of their sentiments were testimonies on the success stories of UNCRPD.

“I thank DAPP Zimbabwe for teaching me about the UNCRPD, today I am a transformed person who now knows his rights. When we were growing up we actually did not know that as disabled persons we do have rights which need to be observed locally and at international level, said Tinotenda Piyo a Young Person With Disabilities (YWDs).

Nyasha Mukova another YWD expressed gratitude for the skills development trainings spearheaded by DAPP in the district.

“DAPP was instrumental in providing skills development to many persons with disabilities and this has contributed to us and we are now independent. Through UNCRPD we learned about inclusion and the need for us to be independent.”

Naison Jamu Secretary General of Tariro Disabled Organization reiterated that registration of their DPO was the greatest achievement of the year. Today the organization is now able to assist persons with disabilities on various issues.

“We were ordinary people before DAPP introduced UNCRPD which gives special emphasis on Disability Mainstreaming Programmes but today we are completely transformed. Through capacity building we were able to learn various issues concerning us. We received knowledge on how to register our own DPO through the Ministry of Social Development,” he said.

Faith Chimsoro from Ministry of Health and ChildCare said most duty bearers are now closely working with organizations and disabled persons after continuous engagements which were created by DAPP.

“As duty bearers we are now on the same page with various stakeholders whenever we deal with disability issues. We are now able to correlate with various issues in line with disability inclusion,” she said.

Tendai Guvamombe