The Executive director of Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC) Dr. Irene Patrick-Ogbogu said her organization has been utilizing assistive and innovative technology that will aid the lives of persons with disabilities.
She stated this while launching a Handbook on Disability Inclusive Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Reportage for the media.
The Executive Director added that DRAC is partnering with the Ministry of Science and Technology to bring about innovative technologies that will improve the movement of persons with disabilities.
“The bulk of our work revolves around supporting persons with disabilities, either in terms of disability inclusion, access to health care services, provision of a wide range of services providers, to ensure that they provide services to persons with disabilities, and for them to effectively do this, we have to introduce innovative strategies to them”, she added.
Dr. Irene also charged media practitioners to play a critical and vital role in advancing the dignity of persons with disability.
” The media is saddled with the responsibility of spotlighting and bringing to light the experience of Women and Girls with Disabilities (WGWDs) who continues to be trapped in cycles of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence(SGBV), and are not able to access Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) due to exclusionary practices and Barriers that exists in the country”, she noted.
The Disability Rights Advocate also highlighted that holistic and accurate media reporting on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence has been sketchy due to myths and misconceptions about Women and Girls with Disabilities, which unintentionally or otherwise, the media propagates and popularizes.
The Executive Director of DRAC disclosed that the handbook would aid in unpacking concepts and definitions within disability inclusion and guide the journalists with the much-needed direction on how to write inclusive, informative, and educative stories while leveraging existing laws and policies.
“The media practitioners will be able to produce articles, news and features stories from an informed point and with a gender and intersectional lens hinged on the rights-based model of disability which seeks to promote, protect, and uphold the rights and dignity of all Women and Girls with Disabilities”, she added.