The Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) Programme Manager, Mr. Awa Jacques Chirac has congratulated Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) for engaging Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in women’s empowerment to effectively mainstream disability in their activities.
He was speaking recently at a one day meeting organized by the Northwest Regional Delegation of Women’s Empowerment and the Family; main partner of the SEEPD Programme in Fundong.
The objective of the meeting was to enhance the capacities of MINPROFF Delegates, Directors and Chiefs of Centers in mainstreaming gender and disability in all activities.
The SEEPD Programme Manager did a presentation on Disability and Inclusive Development, Twin Track Approach, Sustainable Development Goals and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) during which he noted that all reports on disability activities will be forwarded to the Regional Delegation of Women’s Empowerment and a comprehensive report developed for the SEEPD Programme. He added that sex and disability disaggregated data will be captured in all interventions and statistics of Women with Disabilities who benefit from the Programme will be forwarded to the Regional Delegation.
Another outcome of the meeting was that the concerns assessment, rehabilitation, treatment and support of Women and Girls with disabilities will be directed to the CBR Supervisor Mr. Kenchi Joseph who will assign field workers in the respective areas.
Given that the involvement of both parents and stakeholders is important in the promotion of inclusive development, the different stakeholders resolved that the empowerment of identified persons with disabilities will be the joint responsibility of MINAS, Councils, MINPROFF, SEEPD, CBR, Parents and other disability actors. Therefore, cases identified will be referred to these partners to avoid duplication of services and dependence on a particular organization.
Highlighting the challenges faced in mainstreaming disability, the stakeholders noted that there is lack of expertise in disability and inclusive development, limited finances to effectively mainstream disabilities in all activities and inaccessible infrastructures.
Despite these challenges, it is hoped that stakeholders will break through given the importance of inclusive development.
At the close of the meeting, the Regional Delegate of Women’s Empowerment and the family Mr. Wirba Asan applauded the SEEPD Programme for her impact in spearheading disability and inclusive development in the Northwest Region and beyond. He charged MINPROFF Staff at the regional level to work relentlessly in mainstreaming gender and disability and serve as a reference for Ministry in Cameroon.
It was for this reason that a meeting was organized with MINPROFF Delegates, Directors and Chiefs of Centers in the region to evaluate progress made in mainstreaming gender and disability in activity implementation.