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Restoring the Dignity of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Plateau State of Nigeria |News

➔ Implemented by the Inclusive Friends Association (IFA), Plateau State, Nigeria Background Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) is an organization led by women with disabilities operating in the Plateau State, a region of Nigeria prone to conflict. With more than 60 ethnic groups and complex religious tensions, violent conflicts often break out. In this context, women with disabilities are at particular ...

Tags: Awareness raising , Grassroots initiative , Advocacy , Capacity building , Political participation , Data collection , Women and girls with disabilities

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World Water Day

World Water Day |News

Children under the age of 15 living in countries affected by protracted conflict are, on average, almost three times more likely to die from Diarrheal diseases caused by lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene than by direct violence. Similar experiences from children like Kashimwa has forced many children with disabilities out of school and has discouraged a good number ...

Tags: Nigeria , sanitation , march 22 , WASH , hygiene , water , friends , inclusion

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Amina Zakari and Dr Ogunmola Ladipo

INEC Commits to Making Nigerian Elections Inclusive |News

Access Nigeria can tie much of the progress made in the 2019 elections to a gathering of nearly 100 persons with disabilities held late last year. At the gathering, all attendees agreed that INEC would provide: • Braille ballot guides for blind voters • Written instructions for deaf voters • Priority voting for persons with disabilities • Ballot boxes placed ...

Tags: disability , registration , election , INEC , jonapwd , Access , Inclusion , Participation

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Moses Ayu

Persons with Disabilities Enjoy Innovations at Polls |News

Many eligible voters with disabilities expressed surprise over innovations introduced at polling units during the recent presidential elections. “I couldn’t believe that a poor man like me will be attended to before others,” said Moses Ayu, a physically challenged voter. “For the first time in my life, I felt important.’’ Hundreds of persons with disabilities exercised their civic rights during ...

Tags: disability , registration , election , INEC , jonapwd , Access , Inclusion , Participation

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PWD election observer

Access Nigeria Election Observer Lauds INEC |News

Former Miss Deaf Nigeria Queen Taibat Mohammed served as an election observer for the Access Nigeria campaign for three reasons. First, she wanted to contribute to the development of Nigeria’s disabled community. Second, she wanted to gain experience in protecting people’s basic rights. But her final reason was for herself and that of other deaf persons. “I don’t want us ...

Tags: disability , election , INEC , jonapwd , Access , Inclusion , Participation , Observers

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Scholarship Helps Teenage Breast Cancer Survivor Move Forward |News

By Janice Malachi Martina, a hearing impaired teenager, didn’t get to enjoy the carefree life of many 16-year-olds. There were days that she wished she was studying for exams or laughing with her friends in Jos. Instead, she was battling breast cancer. To save her life, her parents used their life’s savings. They sold the only plot of land they ...

Tags: Inclusion , Humanity , Scholarship , Teenager , Disability , Cancer

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Emes Akaso


Highlights  IFA project supports the right to education for all  A boy with learning disability gets free education  Children with disability can equally make a difference Emes Noel Akaso, 18, has a learning disability and is hard of hearing. The teenager spent years at home without any formal education because his parents thought there was no need ...

Tags: Inclusive , Children , Humanity , Education , Disabilities

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Now Us award

Access Nigeria Wins International Innovation Award |News

Access Nigeria beat out more than 300 contestants from Asia and Africa to take home one of the top awards at the Partos Innovation Festival in the Netherlands. The project for Nigerian voters with disabilities won third place in the festival’s Now-Us! Competition in October, earning a 10,000 euro prize. The contest honours projects that advance the inclusion of marginalized ...

Tags: Access , Spindle , Inclusive , Friends , Innovation , Voice , Nigeria

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Braille Ballot Guides

History Made as INEC Pilots a Braille Ballot Guide for Voters with Visual Impairments. |News

Highlights • Access Nigeria observes the 2018 Osun governorship election • Observers make interesting findings during election process • Nigeria make history To address the problems of inaccessibility during our polling unit audits in 2016, the Access Nigeria Campaign conducted advocacy to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders in 2017 and 2018. Among the demands made to ...

Tags: disability , registration , election , INEC , jonapwd , Access , Inclusion , Participation

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Grace Jerry observes Ekiti election 2018

Record Turn Out for Ekiti Election |News

In the midst of preconceived voters’ apathy in the Ekiti state elections, Access Nigeria records about 158 Persons with disabilities (PWD) voters in one polling unit in Ikere LGA. This is a huge demographic shift in the participation of PWDs since the Anambra November 18 elections where 4 PWDs voted across all the polling during the elections. Inclusive Friends Association ...

Tags: disability , registration , election , INEC , jonapwd , Access , Inclusion , Participation

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