I imagine that, because the legislative arm of the Ghanaian govt, parliament is a crucial best friend that organisations operating to steer the enactment or implementation of legislations or insurance policies must believe taking part with.
I’ve been main Ghana Somubi Dwumadie in attractive with a parliamentary caucus in Ghana to make sure the rights of folks with disabilities are upheld inside of nationwide law. Ghana Somubi Dwumadie is a non-profit organisation which collaborates with other stakeholders together with organisations of folks with disabilities (OPDs), govt and its businesses, in addition to the Psychological Well being Authority.
Armed with learnings and studies from Sightsavers, we contacted the Parliament of Ghana in our quest to steer insurance policies and budgets, and to re-enact Ghana’s Incapacity Act, put into effect the Ghana Accessibility Requirements for the Constructed Setting and ratify the African Incapacity Protocol (ADP) to make sure disability-inclusive building.
In 2021, I used to be confronted with the problem of securing an appointment with the minister for gender, youngsters and social coverage – however I used to be now not on my own on this problem. Different stakeholders within the incapacity neighborhood had additionally discovered it nearly unimaginable to satisfy with the minister, who were clear of place of work for a while because of well being problems. The absence of a substantive determine on the Ministry impeded main actions, together with development of Ghana Somubi Dwumadie advocacy targets with Ghana Federation of Individuals with Disabilities (GFD) and the incapacity neighborhood.
Apparently, there was once a extend within the appointment of the Nationwide Council on Individuals with Disabilities (NCPD) board for 10 months after the inauguration of the brand new govt. This made securing influential governmental allies crucial with a purpose to make sure that incapacity problems weren’t left in the back of.
The herbal plan of action was once to revisit the speculation of beginning a incapacity caucus in Ghana – even supposing identical makes an attempt via different stakeholders had now not been sustained. A former member of parliament, honourable John Majisi (himself a incapacity suggest), supported the id of like-minded participants of parliament to begin the established order of the parliamentary caucus. Studying from earlier makes an attempt, we’re specializing in making sure the assignation and formalisation of a parliamentary clerk to the caucus, which might build up its possibilities of sustainability – despite the fact that present elected participants have been voted out of parliament.
The incapacity caucus is a voluntary crew made up of parliamentarians curious about championing the reason for folks with disabilities in Ghana, with preliminary club comprising 12 participants of parliament, together with its patron the second one deputy speaker. These days, 22 participants of parliament have signed up as participants – and this quantity is prone to develop.
On 26 October 2022, I led a staff from Sightsavers comprising a trustee, the rustic director and senior programme supervisor – in addition to a staff from GFD and Ghana Somubi Dwumadie – to speak about the development of formalising the caucus. On that day, the chair of the caucus honourable Dr Clement Apaak knowledgeable the delegation that formalisation was once in development and that the management supposed to satisfy with the speaker of parliament, introduce the caucus and assign a clerk. Deputy speaker of parliament, Andrew Asiamah Amoako, additionally expressed how the wishes of folks with disabilities will have to be prioritised, and he pledged his improve to their motive.
The point of interest for the crowd’s established order in parliament was once to offer the incapacity neighborhood a platform, and to make sure that incapacity problems are promoted and mainstreamed within the paintings of parliament. Bearing in mind the truth that incapacity problems are cross-cutting, the caucus is there to:
- Strengthen disability-inclusive law in Ghana
- Constitute folks with disabilities in parliament to make sure incapacity inclusion
- Act as incapacity champions
The caucus will give you the incapacity neighborhood with a platform and make sure that incapacity problems are promoted and mainstreamed in parliamentary paintings. We now have proved that it’s due to this fact conceivable to have a functioning parliamentary caucus inside of parliament in Ghana.