17.07.2019 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Training of justice and legal officers on disability rights kicks off in Mutare

A training workshop for Zimbabwean justice and legal officers on disability rights kicked off in Mutare yesterday with 44 participants in attendance.

Officially opening the workshop, State Counsel II in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Kingston Magaya, stressed that persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe remain a vulnerable population group and it is always an obligation of the State as the primary duty bearer and implementer of disability rights to protect them”.

“We appreciate our UNCT partners through the UNPRPD project for advocating and supporting strategic programming in advancing disability rights,” he said.

Mr. Michael Mugabe from the National Prosecuting Authority said such trainings on disability rights were crucial for the justice system to become inclusive and to effectively respond to the needs of persons with disabilities. 

The training runs from 16-18 July 2019 and includes sessions on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Zimbabwe in 2013.  Other topics being covered include access to justice challenges affecting women and girls with disabilities, including during responses to disaster such as cyclone idai which hit Manicaland province early in 2019.

The workshop has been organised within the framework of the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) project on advancing the rights of women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe.

For more information, please contact: m.zulu(at)unesco.org. 

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