4TH TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING FOR THE REVIEW OF ACT 715 & PREPARING OF LEGISLATIVE INSTRUMENT




January 9, 2020 10:35 am

In order to promote the equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by Persons with Disability, all agencies and departments of the Republic of Ghana shall adopt both a human rights approach that recognizes the removal of the existing barriers hindering the effective participation of persons with disabilities and a twin track approach to mainstream disability in Ghana’s inclusive development.

In view of this, the National Council on Persons with Disability under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection on Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 organised a workshop on the 4th Technical Committee meeting for the Review of Persons with Disability Act 2006 (Act 715) in Accra.

In her welcome address, the chairperson for the workshop, Dr. Yvonne Brew commended committee members and participants for contributing effectively towards the Second Draft Proposal Amendments of the Disability Act.

The Executive Secretary of the National Council on Persons with Disability, Madam Esther Akua Gyamfi entreated participants to make meaningful inputs and contributions during the meeting which can be incorporated in the Disability Act to safeguard and better improve the lives of Persons with Disability.

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Freda Prempeh on behalf of the Minister, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison pledged the Ministry’s support to the Council.

She added that disability friendly provisions be made at the country’s health facilities to aid health providers attend swiftly to Persons with Disability.

Mr. Mawutor Ablo, Director for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Lawyer Yaa Fosuah from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Dr. Augustina Naami from the University of Ghana facilitated the Second Draft Proposed Amendments to the Act 715.

The overall aim of the proposed amendments is to provide a legal and Institutional framework to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities and also to domesticate the sustainable development goals into Ghana’s legal framework.