ZAFOD Nominates Pick n’ Pay as Champions

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June
23

ZAFOD nominated Pick n’ Pay in Zambia as a private sector entity that has demonstrated disability inclusiveness or mainstreaming in their respective countries, as part of the Disability Champions Award presented at SAFOD’s Gala Dinner held on 23rd June 2017.

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February
9

ZAFOD calls on the ECZ to allow correction of disability type during the Voters’ register inspection period and to take stronger action to ensure accessibility of inspection centres and polling stations to persons with disabilities.

LUSAKA – 9 February 2021. The Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations (ZAFOD) calls upon the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to allow voters to review and correct, if necessary, their disability status during the voters’ register inspection period. This request is based on ZAFOD’s findings from its select observation of voter registration, where ZAFOD observers noted that disability types were not consistently registered.

“Although ZAFOD applauds the ECZ for incorporating the registration of disability type into the voter registration exercise, ZAFOD notes with concern that ECZ officials failed to consistently record voters’ disability type, with some ECZ officers recording only disabilities that they themselves assessed such as the visually impaired and those with physical disabilities. Therefore, the register will not reflect the correct disability type of a voter in all cases, which limits the ECZ to provide reasonable accommodation on the Election Day. ZAFOD calls on the ECZ to allow for the correction of disability type during the inspection period and for the ECZ to publicise correction will be allowed so that persons with disabilities can ensure that their disability information is accurately captured”, ZAFOD Federal Director Justine Bbakali said.  

ZAFOD’s observers also noted that multiple registration centres visited were not accessible to those with physical disabilities, requiring voters to go up steps or presenting other obstacles to accessing voter registration. These findings, as well as ZAFOD’s concerns on the lack of systematic and complete recording of voters’ disability types are consistent with the nationwide observation findings published by the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG).

ZAFOD further calls on the ECZ to undertake an analysis of accessibility of venues that will serve as inspection centres and polling stations and undertake adequate measures to make all of these venues fully accessible to persons with disabilities, so they can freely participate in the voter register inspection exercise and in casting their votes on Election Day.

On December 20, 2020, the Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations (ZAFOD) deployed four members of its Technical Working Group, who were duly accredited by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), to eight selected registration centres in three Lusaka constituencies (Kabwata, Kanyama and Chawama Constituencies), following the extension of the voter registration period to monitor the voter registration extension exercise.

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Issued by:

Justine Bbakali

Federal Director- ZAFOD

Tel. 0977785099

Email. bbakalij@gmail.com


Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations (ZAFOD) – www.zafod.net, Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations (ZAFOD) on Facebook, @ZAFOD_Zm on Twitter – Statement on the Accessibility of Voter Registration and Inspection – 9 February 2021

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July
24

Participation in political and public life is a critical element of socially inclusive development, along with the realization of human rights. In the case of persons with disabilities, participation in political and public life enables one to take part and have a voice in decisions that affect oneself and one’s community and country. Such participation is an important means of overcoming exclusion and discrimination and dismantling other barriers frequently faced by persons with disabilities.

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June
19

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June
14

While disability policy may exist, implementation is lacking resulting in unequal experiences for persons with disabilities in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is limited data on disability. Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) lack capacity to engage in disability-related monitoring thereby affecting their ability to

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April
17

7th – 11th May 2018, Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia

Theme: CBR for resilience building and sustainable development: Leave no one behind

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WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 2018

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April
3

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.

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