Ghana signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2007 and committed to affirming full human rights for persons with disabilities upon ratifying the Convention in 2012. Recently, Ghana co-hosted the Global Disability Summit 2022 depicting the growing political commitment and enabling environment for disability inclusion in Ghana.
In spite of the progress made, discrimination and inequality persist for persons with disabilities, particularly women and children in Ghana, across various facets of society. The latest population and housing census by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) reports that there are approximately 30.8 million people in Ghana, of which 8% have a disability, a 5%-point increase compared to previous data.
In line with the CRPD, this programme seeks to advance the rights of persons with disabilities for full participation in society, strengthen multisectoral coordination mechanisms and enhance capacity of stakeholders including diverse OPDs (in particular more marginalized groups including women and youth), government, and UN agencies to promote and sustain gender-sensitive disability-inclusive data collection frameworks to inform national development. This will enhance full participation and access of OPDs to inclusive services, economic opportunities including inclusive employment, without any form of discrimination and exclusion.
The proposed intervention will focus on advocating for the full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and guide a robust, transparent, and functional multi-stakeholder coordination, monitoring, and accountability mechanism within and outside government, and improved capacity among disability duty bearers’ stakeholders to implement inclusive policies and programmes that are designed based on quality disaggregated data on persons with disabilities.