The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) on Monday held a day’s capacity building workshop for members of the Upper West Regional Disability Advocacy network in Wa.
The GFD is a national umbrella disability organisation established in 1987 to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Ghana.
The workshop which was organised with support from the United States Agency for International Development was to strengthen the network to be more proactive in advocating for disability issues including their fundamental human rights in the region.
The Upper West Regional Disability Advocacy Network was formed in September 2016 to support the disability movement advocate for the fundamental human rights of persons with disabilities and formulate proposals to promote inclusive society for all persons with disabilities within the region.
The Project Coordinator for GFD Madam Beatrice Akua Mahamood speaking radio progress indicated that after the establishment of the network they have identified gaps within the network and the training seeks to address these gaps to make the network more efficient and proactive.
She said members of the network were taken through how to mobilise resources to run the affairs of the network effectively and the operational framework for the network.
Madam Beatrice Akua Mahamood called on the network to be a strong voice for persons with disabilities in the region and monitor the implementation of laws meant to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
A member of the network and the Acting Director for the Alternative Action for Youth and Persons with Disability (ACTYPED) Mr. Nicodemus Dery said over the years advocacy works to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in the country has been left to person with disabilities to do it .
He called on all to come on board to help protect the rights of persons with disabilities.