Zimbabwe Sunshine Group(ZSG) in partnership with International Disability Organisation (IDO) partnered in spearheading the launch of Climate Justice and Disability Rights, Young Leaders Platform programme in the Capital.
The programme is being sponsored by Global Greengrants Fund(GGF).
This will see ZSG being instrumental in incorporating persons with disabilities into climate related Programmes inline with Sustainable Development Goals on equality, poverty reduction, gender and climate change.
The youth organization has been vocal and vibrant in walking the talk on the areas of waste management and recycling in the Capital, and important component of a circular economy.
The involvement of disabled persons and the elderly will be key in achieving a green economy through innovation and technological advancements.
The positive development comes amid the entire globe is hiped with annual commemorations during the month of December on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities which is provided for in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(UNCRPD).
The disability rights are also observed on the International Day for Human Rights and Zimbabwe is also a signatory of the underlaying conventions.
The launch was attended by Environmental Management, City of Harare, Young Volunteers for the Environment(YVE), Civic Society, Mbare Waste Transfer station and among others. According to Claris Mandoreba ZSG Programmes Coordinator, her organization decided to consider persons with disability in the just ended strategic meeting which also recommended the inclusion of marginalized sections of the society.
“During our recent Strategic Meeting we decided to factor in the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities as part of the marginalized groups of the society. Persons with Disabilities are the most affected by the current phenomenon of climate change hence the need to incorporate them in climate related activities.”
The initiatives will go a long way in complementing International Disability Organization (IDO) efforts which has been also vocal on disability rights, inclucivity and empowerment.
Mr Louis Majuru, International Disability Organisation(IDO) Coordinaror said they are working very hard in supporting the participation of the disabled people through donations and helping them to do different projects.
“We are happy to see the incorporation of disabled people in areas of climate change. This will actually complements our efforts in championing disability rights and inclusivity.”
Environmental Agency(EMA) Education and Publicity Manager implored the new initiative saying the incorporation of persons with disability in waste management and recycling will be a step further in achieving a circular economy. Empowerment will also promote the degree of independents.
“I am happy to note that persons with disabilities will be taking part in waste management and recycling. Let’s all embrace circular economy it helps clean our environment and the betterment of our livelihoods. They say nothing for us without us. Let’s work together for something that benefits both our environment and us.”