By Peter Chilenga
Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA- Malawi) has appealed to traditional leaders and councilors in Mulanje District to be proactive in ensuring that rights of persons with disabilities are followed in their respective communities.
WLSA Malawi Resource Mobilization Officer, Maxwell Kasonga said this during the opening of a day-long training of traditional leaders and councilors on the rights of people with disabilities at the Boma recently.
He said it was important for local leaders to be made aware of the provisions stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) so that its objectives are realized at community level.
He said: “We are targeting chiefs mostly because we believe that by being the custodians of the people, they are in a better position to work closely with persons with disabilities in their communities, hence achieving the desired goals.”
“Persons with disabilities need to be encouraged and motivated to take up developmental initiatives and leadership positions,” Kasonga added.
Councilor of Namboya Ward, Lawrence Dickson Kamowa applauded the training, saying it would give insights to the local leaders on their responsibilities regarding empowering persons with disabilities.
“Laws that protect persons with disabilities have always been there but we hardly put them into practice because we could not understand them clearly.
“Therefore, this training has given us a full clarification of these laws and how we can use them in our communities,” he said.-MANA