Grassroots Initiative for Gender and Development ( GRID), a non-governmental organization (NGO) has advocated for the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in development programs, noting that they are usually excluded during response and recovery programs during emergencies.
The group made this disclosure yesterday at its convening of women with Disabilities in Patani Local Government Area of Delta State.
The event was attended by the Patani Local Government chairman Hon. Isaac Iguana, the vice-chairman, women with Disabilities, and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges women with disabilities in rural communities experience and to promote actions for their full inclusion in COVID-19 recovery programs.
In her remarks, GRID Executive Director, Isi Elebhose while presenting demands for inclusion expressed the urgent need for a community-based COVID-19 recovery plan that is reflective of the principle of “leave no one behind”. She tasked the Local Government Authority and other stakeholders to ensure that issues affecting women and girls with disabilities remain at the front burner during planning and implementation of humanitarian response and recovery as well as other social development programs.