Help us in Zambia!

This week, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar (the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability) was in Zambia. She echoed the voices of local NGOs and said that the government must stop the wide-spread violence and abuse against people with disabilities. It’s time to take cases to court. 

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Ms Devandas-Aguilar was “appalled” by the overcrowding in a psychiatric unit. She discovered that women there had sterilised without their consent. She highlighted how traditional myths and beliefs about disability “have serious repercussions” including for “women and girls with disabilities who are at heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence due to beliefs that having sex with them could cure a person of HIV/AIDS.”

MDAC and a local NGO (the Mental Health Users Network of Zambia) made many of these points in 2014, and last month we were back in Zambia, supporting local NGOs and lawyers. We held a 2-day training session on how to litigate abuse against people with disabilities. Getting cases to court makes it more likely that the government will take action to help more people. Please support us to help people in Zambia secure equality, inclusion and justice!

MDAC and MHUNZA published their Zambian report in 2014 after a 3-year long investigation. © MDAC.

 

 

 

 

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