Minister of Gender, Children, Disabilities and Social Welfare Cecelia Chazama has asked Malawians to stop preventing people with disabilities from accessing different life opportunities available in the country.
The Minister made the call on Wednesday, when she presided over the 2018 International Day for People with Disabilities, which was celebrated in Salima.
“This is an important day for us as a country as we take time to reflect on how we are progressing in pursuant of making each and every citizen enjoy their lives regardless of their physical challenges,” the Minister pointed out.
Chazama said it is sad that there are still some people, institution and structures that are reluctant to implement government policy against all forms of discrimination against people with disabilities.
She said the passing of laws that protects people with disabilities from discrimination and other forms of violence is one key step which the government has taken in order to see to it that people with disabilities are protected and get equal opportunities.
Chazama pointed out that government is working together with law enforcers and the judiciary to see to it that all cases related to killing of albinos are tried in courts.
“We are aware that most of the cases that are before court have not been concluded but we will see to it that everything required for the successful trials is made available to all parties involved,” she said.
The Minister said successful trial of such cases would send a serious warning to would be perpetrators.
Chairperson for Executive Council of Federation for Disability Organisations in Malawi (Fedoma), Nita Hanjahanja said she was impressed with the positive strides that have been achieved towards creating an inclusive society.
“I am happy that today our society is becoming more inclusive; from education to jobs in public and private institutions, to village structures.This is good and should be encouraged,” she added.
Hanjahanja said nowadays cases of discrimination towards people with disabilities have reduced in both work placesandcommunities.
The 2018 International Day of Disabilities was celebrated under the theme. “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”