Zambia Disability Advocacy Walk Campaign

April 3, 2012

Ref: Appeal Donation for Zambia Disability Advocacy Walk Campaign.

 

The Zambia Deaf Youth and Women (ZDYW), Africa Youth with Disabilities Network Zambia Chapter (AYWDNZC), Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) and its partners will be having a Hungry Walk Campaign from Kitwe to LUSAKA, a chance to use legs power to push for the immediate domestication of United Nations Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities and Disability Petition sent to His Excellency the President Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata to act on the petition sent to his office based on the highlighted eight challenges faced by persons with disabilities, among them existing legislation and policies pertaining to persons with disabilities. The Walk from Kitwe to LUSAKA starts in Kitwe and takes in the over days and nights ferry to Lusaka (State House), the full disability hungry walk Campaign runs from the 23rd – 26th April, 2012.

 

For the Persons with disabilities in Zambia, the signing and ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, was a landmark, the delay to domesticate the Convention in various Zambian legislation speak volume on lack of political will to mainstream persons with disabilities in development programs. Persons with disabilities are discriminated, live in poverty, and are the most disadvantaged among all minorities, experiencing the most extreme lack of access to education, opportunities for independent living, and employment.

 

AYWDNZC, ZDYW and MMC firmly guided by a universal axiom and vis-a-vis persons with disabilities, namely, ”Nothing About Us, Without Us” coupled with the need for greater and meaningful involvement of us persons with disabilities in political, social and economic development agenda.

 

 Appreciating the principles and policy guidelines contained in, inter-alia, the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons, the UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, and, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, “in influencing the promotion, formulation, and evaluation of the policies, plans, programmes and actions at the national, regional and international levels. Persons with disabilities in Zambia are among the most vulnerable groups to social, economic and political oppressions. Zambian government to act existing legislation and policies pertaining to persons with disabilities, health and HIV/AIDS, there is a general lack of information in alleviate poverty and create conducive environment, the campaign is to lobby Zambian Government, NGOs to establish the accessibility levels of services and resources to persons with disabilities.  

The campaign is very important to AYWDNZC, ZDYW, MMC and its partners as they will enable the Government to come up with a clear initiative for monitoring of the road map to planed domestication of UNCRPD, to mainstream disability programmes and develop effective and efficient disability intervention programmes which will be responding to the needs of persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are very vulnerable and marginalized group of the community to social, economic and political information is generally not being accessed.  There is constant violation of the human rights and entitlement for persons with disabilities, characterized by marginalization, lack of social integration, and difficulties of access to basic services like education, health, employment, professional training and information.

 

The national mood changes as the seasons change. We will be moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration when the grass turns green and the flowers bloom. That spiritual and physical oneness we all share with this common homeland explains the depth of the pain we carry as Youth with disabilities in our hearts as we saw our country tear itself apart into injustice, discrimination ,oppression and high abject poverty among Youth and adult with disabilities. We, the persons with disabilities, feel fulfilled that humanity will take us back into its bosom.

We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we struggle to tackle the challenges of building justice, dignity, equality, full participation, prosperity, nondiscrimination for persons with disabilities.

 

The time for the healing of the wounds among us marginalized youth with disabilities will come; the moment to bridge the chasms that divide us will come; the time to build is upon us Youth with disabilities. We have, at last, achieved our civil human rights emancipation through battle that resulted into the succeed MMD regime ratification of UNCRPD. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of miserable poverty, deprivation, suffering, and other discrimination politically, socially and economically.

 

We dedicate this hungry walk campaign to all the disabled heroes and heroines in Africa and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free and recognized in society as persons with disabilities, despite them not been recognized by greedy African governments. Their dreams will have to become reality. Freedom is their reward.

 

 

We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom, dignity, equality and full participation for persons with disabilities. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all persons with disabilities.

 

Be part of this campaign and we urgently need your material, financial, and moral support towards making this campaign objectives and goal a successful and your support won’t go unnoticed as you will have impacted on million lives of marginalized persons with disabilities in Zambia and Africa in general.

 

For further details contact us by SMS Mr. Frank Musukwa, the Executive Director, Zambia Deaf Youth and Women (ZDYW) on +260 977 866 459, +260 962 866 459 and cal Mr. Maboshe Patrick, the Country Director, Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) on +260 973 017 321 and drop us an emails: mmcmonguheadoffice@ymail.com/ zambiadeafyw@zambia.co.zm

 

Maboshe Patrick                                                                                  

Country Director.                                                                       

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC)      

 

Frank Musukwa

Executive Director

Zambia Deaf Youth & Women