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CASE STORY – A person with visual impairment granted access to bank ATM card previously denied…

17 January 2024  NEGATIVE attitudes and perceptions toward persons with disabilities have continued to be a barrier to their quest to achieve and enjoy independent living. The case of Mr. Derick Hope Bwalya Mulipa is one of determination and inspiration in the area of financial inclusion. Derick aged 35 is visually impaired and holds a Bachelor of Art in Education…

ZAMBIA: COURTS MISS OPPORTUNITY TO EXTEND EQUAL PROTECTION BEFORE THE LAW FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITIES

PRESS STATEMENT For immediate release 25th October 2023. This statement is issued as a response to a judgment passed by the Supreme Court on the 25th of September 2023. The Supreme Court of Zambia has handed down a judgment ruling Katontoka (Suing on his own behalf and The Executive Director of the Mental Health Users Network of Zambia) and Waliuya…

Lighter Note from a Lighter Note

17th April, 2023 Disability Rights Watch (DRW) wants to drop a “lighter note” from the “lighter note” His Excellence, the President Mr Hakainde Hichilema dropped last Friday. On Friday, 14th April, 2023, the President swore in the Police Inspector General and several Permanent Secretaries. During his address to the sworn in officials, the President paused on a “lighter note” a…

MORE WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES NEEDED IN DECISION MAKING POSITIONS

Press Statement For Immediate Release LUSAKA Wednesday, March 8, 2023 Disability Rights Watch joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day which falls under the theme: “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”. We acknowledge that the theme is current with developments regarding women’s inclusion in all spheres of life. But we want to stress once more…

DISABILITY RIGHTS WATCH COMMENDS PRESIDENT HICHILEMA FOR MAKING STRIDES IN IMPROVING SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS FOR ALL ZAMBIANS

PRESS STATEMENT For Immediate Release 8th September 2023   Disability Rights Watch (DRW) has hailed President Hakainde Hichilema for showing commitment towards the improvement of socio-economic conditions in the country in his address to Parliament during the third session of the opening of the thirteenth National Assembly. We commend the government for recognizing the importance of improving socio-economic conditions for…

PUBLIC PROTECTOR ENTERS MoU WITH DISABILITY RIGHTS WATCH

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Office of the Public Protector. The Public Protector is the OMBUDSMAN INSTITUTION of Zambia entrusted with the mandate to promote and safeguard the interests and the rights of an individual in his or her quest to receive a “public service” that is just and fair. The institution also serves to promote…

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PERMANENT SECRETARY CONFERS WITH DRW ON PROGRESS IN DISABILITY INCLUSION IN ZAMBIA

Ministry of Community Development and Social Services Permanent Secretary Ms Angela Kawandami today hosted a strategic engagement meeting between her Ministry and Disability Rights Watch to discuss the progress the country has made in realizing the rights of persons with disabilities and mainstreaming disability in government programmes. She commended Disability Rights Watch for the work it is doing through strategic…

DRW COMMENDS ECZ FOR STARTING CONTINUOUS VOTER REGISTRATION AND CALLS FOR CONTINUOUS VOTER EDUCATION

Press Statement for Immediate Release LUSAKA Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 DRW press statement on the continuous voter registration doc DRW press statement on the continuous voter registration.pdf DRW COMMENDS ECZ FOR STARTING CONTINUOUS VOTER REGISTRATION AND CALL FOR CONTINUOUS VOTER EDUCATION TOO. Disability Rights Watch is delighted that the Electoral Commission of Zambia has finally started the continuous voter registration…

DRW COMMENDS THE APPOINTMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Disability Rights Watch has extolled the appointments of persons with disabilities to public service boards by President Hakainde Hichilema. Disability Rights Watch Director Mr. Wamundila Waliuya has said that the appointments are a bold step towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities in decision making. Mr. Waliuya says the move by president Hakainde Hichilema is in recognition and upholding principles…

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2022

WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES NEED PROTECTION FROM CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS Press Statement for Immediate Release LUSAKA Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Disability Rights Watch (DRW) says the impacts of climate change are hitting hard on women with disabilities. Organization Director Wamundila Waliuya says the UN theme for 2022 International Women’s Day dubbed “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” is timely as…