Tallen calls for better treatment of WWDs

MINISTER of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen has called for better treatment of Women with Disabilities (WWDs) in Nigeria.

According to a statement released on Friday by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Tallen, represented at the National Conference of Women with Disabilities by Deputy Director, (Women Development) Christiana Oliko, noted that women with disabilities were often targets of violence.

“Women with disabilities are three-times experiencing physical, sexual and economic abuse than women without disabilities,” she said.

She decried the treatment of People Living with Disabilities (PWDs), adding that there was an increase in new threats

“They persistently face stigma, discriminations and barriers to accessing social services including public transports and social safety-nets. Today, they face greater barriers brought about by the impact of the COVID-19.”

Noting that about 25 million Nigerians live with disabilities, Tallen called for the inclusion of PLWDs, especially women and girls.




    She decried the large number of children with disabilities who are out of school, noting that over 90 per cent of children with disabilities lack access to basic education.

    The ICIR reported that PWDs in Abuja found it difficult sending their children to school due to lack of funds.

    In a colony set aside for PWDs within the Karon-Majigi area of the nation’s capital, children with disabilities hardly acquired basic education due to financial constraints.

    Rather than go to school, they are sent out to beg for alms or hawk food items to support the family income.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here


    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    - Advertisement

    Recent