Speaking during the training which took place in Blantyre, Executive Director for FDYD Rex Kalima said it is good to impart knowledge on sexual reproductive health to people with disabilities as a lot of such messages do not reach to them due to a number of barriers.
“We are implementing a project with CECOWDA on sexual reproductive health rights, most of the times girls with disabilities are victimized when it comes to sexual rights. One thing we should know is that girls with disabilities are also human beings,” said Kalima adding that his organization aims to reach to the whole nation with the information.
In her remarks, Executive Director for the CECOWDA Caroline Mvalo said her organization is working tirelessly to empowering people with disabilities in the country. She added that disabled people are also vital on the development of the country hence they have to be prioritized.
“We noted that they are also supposed to know crucial information on sexual reproductive health. They are part of the society, we are promoting their rights. They have to know information about HIV/AIDS among others,” said Mvalo.
One of the participants at the training Sandra Kamphonda who is visually impaired said the training has helped her to understand some of the important things in their life in as far as sexual rights are concerned. Kamphonda added that she is now able to understand some of the vital information on how to deal with sexual related things.
Research suggests that girls with disabilities are more likely to experience domestic violence, emotional abuse, and sexual assault than girls without disabilities. Girls with disabilities may also feel more isolated and feel they are unable to report the abuse, or they may be dependent on the abuser for their care. Like many girls who are abused, gilrs with disabilities are usually abused by someone they know, such as a partner or family member.