Kenyan campaigners on Wednesday urged the government to provide basic sign language lessons in schools to enhance communication with disabled persons.
Jemimah Kutata, founder of the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, said the country requires people who have formal education in sign language to help in the fight against discrimination facing women and girls with disabilities.
“Access to services is a major challenge to persons with disabilities. We are asking the government to provide sign language interpreters to schools, hospitals and public gatherings to help boost our communication with the service providers,” said Kutata.
She said that there was a big gap when it comes to women and girls with disabilities in regard to sexual health.
Kutata urged event organizers to consider people with disabilities when planning for activities so that they can access podiums, toilets and staircases with ease.
She was speaking on the sidelines the ninth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights 2020 in Nairobi where participants decried discrimination of disabled persons in regard to access to contraceptives and other reproductive health services.
Rose Obol, a program officer with the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, urged authorities to speed up the implementation of sexual health and rights policies and programs tailor-made for disadvantaged groups.
“We urge the government to include people with disabilities in their budget allocation,” Obol said. “Disabled women need empowerment so that they can have a dignified living.” Enditem