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Zimbabwe Launches The National Coordination Committee For The Implementation Of The National Disability Policy

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Zimbabwe on Thursday 7 July 2022 through the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, Honourable Professor Paul Mavima launched the national coordination Committee for the Implementation of the National Disability Policy, at Holiday Inn in Harare, supported by the United Nations (UN), UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN WOMEN, UNDP, Gender Commission, NPRC and various disability Associations amongst many other progressive forces.

In his speech on the occasion of the launch, Hon Minister Professor Paul Mavima said he was pleased to be the one launching in person the Technical National Coordination Committee for the Implementation of the National Disability Policy for Zimbabwe.

This follows the launch of the National Disability Policy by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe on 9 June, 2021. Professor Mavima said, “Today’s event marks an important step towards translating the provisions of the policy from paper to tangible and measurable actions that will make a positive difference in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.

“From the onset, let me assure you that the Government of Zimbabwe is committed to fulfilling, promoting, protecting and respecting the rights of persons with disabilities. Taking cognisance of the fact that disability is a cross-cutting interdisciplinary issue, the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, in partnership with the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office, and the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRD) team, which is being led by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, facilitated the formation of the technical National Coordination Committee for the Implementation of the National Disability Policy, which we are launching today.”

The National Disability Policy [2021] seeks to address the preconditions that are essential for the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which Zimbabwe ratified in September 2013.

The Minister added that, “Considering that the heart of any policy lies in its implementation, a Roadmap for implementation of the National Disability Policy has therefore been recently developed jointly by my Ministry and its social partners.

“The purpose of the Technical National Coordination Committee, is to provide overall guidance to the implementation of the National Disability Policy representing the first proposed step of the Roadmap for implementation of the Policy.”

Present at the launch was the Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, Director of Ceremonies,
Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Harare Metropolitan Province – Honourable Chidawu, Advisor to the President and Cabinet on Disability Issues, Honourable Joshua Teke Malinga, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet responsible for Social Services – Reverend Paul Damasane, Secretary for Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare – Mr Simon Masanga, other government officials, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator – Mr Edward Kallon
Director – UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa – Professor Lidia Brito, Country Representative – UNICEF-Zimbabwe – Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale, Country Representative – UNFPA – Dr. Esther Muia, Country Representative – UN WOMEN Ms. Fatou Aminata Lo, Country Representative – UNDP – Ms Mia Seppo, Chairperson of the National Disability Board – Ms Mercy Maunganidze, Senator for Disability Affairs – Ms Nasper Manyau, Senator for Disability Affairs – Mr Watson Khupe, Director of the Federation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities – Mr Leonard Marange, Director of the National Association for the Care of the Handicapped – Mr Henry Masaya, Human Rights Commission, Gender Commission, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, Public Service Commission, Auditor General, The media and other Invited guests.

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