The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges and exacerbated existing barriers to political, social, economic and cultural participation for many persons with disabilities. The compounded health risks
and government-imposed restrictions heighten existing inequalities that marginalized communities face, making it critical to advocate for their concerns
and inclusion in decision-making processes. In many low-income countries, the stakeholders in the political arena local partners, the organizations of persons with disabilities
and self-advocates with disabilties can work to ensure that the priorities and rights of women, men, with disabilities
and young people are included in the government’s response to the pandemic and to spread awareness of health and safety measures in their communities and
on social media.
One of the best practices is seeing, initiatives o insisted publicist in matters Corona. Though these efforts are compounded by low resource and the usual lack of engagement. It’s a step in the right direction. For example, some workshops have been organized with panelists from the health, education and economics sectors to support the development of their COVID-19 recommendations.
Calling on the global south governments to promote inclusivity, accessibility and engagement in its pandemic response, both OPDS and government should organize webinars and
virtual discussions with program stakeholders to develop their own recommendations for the country’s response to COVID-19. NDWA’s
Recommendations for an Inclusive, Accessible COVID-19 Response,
which advocates for accessible formatting of public information on COVID-19 and the inclusion of women and men with disabilities in disaster risk management committees,
as a public scholar I opine to ensure the needs of women and men with disabilities are met and their rights protected, we need to continuously engage, support and advocate with elected representatives
and government agencies for an inclusive COVID-19 response.
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”