Towards Improved Inclusion of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the Development Agenda in Nigeria

International Journal of Integrative Humanism Vol. 10 No. 1, November 2018.
ISSN: 2026 – 6286

Edward Ugbada Adie and Yusuf Ninzim Shamagana

Abstract
In Africa, development discourses and interventions hardly take cognizance of women and girls with disabilities. This reflects the prevalent value system that insists on women occupying the back seat in almost all spheres of life. Under this situation, women with disabilities suffer a peculiar kind of oppression because of their gender and disability status. In Nigeria for example, the peculiar needs of women and girls with disabilities are seldom catered for by relevant legal frameworks, policies, and in the provision of vital services that make for better living. This study adopted the documentary research approach where relevant documents were critically analyzed in a qualitative manner, while inferences were drawn based on data generated. The consequence of this is manifesting in alarming increases in cases of violence and other forms of social exclusion against women and girls with disabilities. Drawing inspiration from the Social and Human Right Models of disability, this study argues that inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in the Nigerian development processes is key in the discourse of women in development, and a major requirement in the pursuit of sustainable development.

Keywords: Inclusion, Development, Disability, Women, Girl.

Edioms: Research and publication services

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