By Clodine Mbuli & Fru Rita Ngum
The staff of MBOSCUDA NWR have received capacity building on gender and inclusive development. The NW Regional Delegation of Women’s Empowerment and the Family NWR in collaboration with the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disability (SEEPD) programme organised the one day workshop that took place at the MBOSCUDA Hall in Bamenda.
At the opening of the workshop, the NW Regional Delegate of MINPROF, Mr. Wirba Asan Litinyuy acknowledged that his delegation has been working with MBOSCUDA for some time now. He noted that of 9 civil society organizations that were visited during the Monitoring and Evaluation, MBOSCUDA NW was among 3 organizations selected for a capacity building workshop on Inclusive Project Cycle Management (IPCM)
The main facilitator of the workshop, Mr. Wango Juluis after giving a historical background of inclusive development, pointed out that the way disability is defined influences the way people interact with persons with disabilities. He further expatiated that in Cameroon the government focuses more on the medical model and exhibits this through donations of wheel chairs forgetting the roads where these wheel chairs will be used on.
According to him, everything done in development should be for the actualization of a person’s self-esteem. He added that people must take issues of inclusion very seriously because at one point in life they could face either a temporal or permanent disability due to unforeseen circumstances and ageing. Mr. Wango recommended the rights based approach as the best model of inclusion because it is based on equity and justice and claims that persons with disability should participate in all spheres of life.
Citing some evolutions and history, Mr Wango regretted that the number of persons with disability is on the increase because of poor habits like smoking, drug abuse, diseases like HIV/AIDS, diabetes and road accidents.
Using an on going project as case study, Mr. Wango gave practical examples on how disability can be mainstreamed at all levels of the project cycle so that men and women with disabilities participate and benefit equally from all development initiatives.
On her part, the SEEPD Programme Gender Officer, Mrs. Fomonyuy Clodine in her presentation, linked issues of disability to gender especially in the Cameroon context which further inspired discussions on gender amongst the participants. She emphasized on the need to empower women and girls with disabilities who are marginalized because of their sex, perceived inability and low socio economic status, in what she referred to as ‘triple jeopardy’.
At the end of the workshop, participants went back home with the message of considering mainstreaming disability in everything MBOSCUCA does in terms of development and project cycle which will be a move towards achieving the 20/20 sustainable development goals.