Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities highlight local projects working with persons with disabilities during 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Ghana
The Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network, led by the CPwD Chairperson, Hon. Laura Kanushu, MP (Uganda), have highlighted the work of local projects helping persons with disabilities during the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Ghana.
The CPwD Chairperson, accompanied by the Regional Champions of the network and the CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg, went to the Accra Rehabilitation Centre in the West Ridge area of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, to see their work. The Centre runs vocational courses in visual art, leatherwork, masonry, carpentry, cosmetology, tailoring, needle work and rural craft to provide people with a variety of disabilities with employable skills.
Above: CPwD Regional Champions visit the Accra Rehabilitation Centre in Ghana to see their work with persons with disabilities. For further images please click here. Images credits: Parliament of Ghana/Parliament of Fiji.
The Accra Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1962, under the auspices of the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare to train and empower all persons with disability to acquire employable skills. The categories of disabilities range from visually impaired, hearing impaired to the physically disabled.
The Chairperson of the CPwD network, Hon. Laura Kanushu, MP said:
“Grassroots OPDs [organisations of persons with disabilities] are of vital importance to empowering people with disabilities globally. Any Parliamentarian, with or without a disability, must engage with such bodies to develop their understanding of how they can represent the disability community of their jurisdiction. This activity provided an excellent opportunity for the CPwD’s board to learn more about the work of OPDs in the 66th CPC’s host jurisdiction in Ghana and we will take back what we have learnt for our work as Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth.”
The CPwD network was established by the CPA to support Parliamentarians with disabilities to be more effective in their roles and to help improve awareness of disability issues amongst all Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. The network also highlights inequalities facing persons with disabilities and helps to raise awareness within the parliamentary context.
The Regional Champions of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network also met during the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Accra.
The CPwD Regional Champions represent each of the CPA’s nine Regions and promote the rights of Commonwealth Parliamentarians with disabilities in their respective Regions and represent disability interests within the CPA.
During the meeting, the CPwD Regional Champions set the agenda for the network for the year ahead. At the meeting, the CPA Headquarters Secretariat reported on its recent CPwD activities, such as its Capital Investment Fund supporting Commonwealth Parliaments to become more accessible, and the Regional Champions were briefed on what projects are planned for 2024, such as an update to the CPA’s Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines.
To find out more about the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network, please click here.
Further information about the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) can be found at the official conference website and also at the 66th CPC Hub.
On social media follow the hashtag #66CPC
Images of the 66th CPC are also available at the CPA's Flickr page.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) organises its annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) to address global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system through conference workshops and sessions for leading Parliamentarians representing Parliaments and Legislatures throughout the Commonwealth.
The CPA is an international community of almost 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance.
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