April 3, 2018   Loreen Nyambo

On 26th February 2018, the Disability Rights Clinic conducted a disability rights awareness campaign at Thyolo Boma.

Participants in the activity included members of the Clinic, the Clinic’s Coordinator, Dr. Enoch Chilemba, and a number of Faculty of Law lecturers led by the Deputy Dean of Law, Ms. Theresa Chome. The audience included traditional leaders, notably, Group Village Head Magombo; representatives of the Thyolo District Council, and members of the public from the surrounding areas.

During the event, students staged activities in form of songs, drama, poems and talks. All activities involved a form of audience engagement, in order to gauge the level of understanding among the attendants. People were made to understand that persons with disabilities have equal rights as everyone under the Constitution and that the law further provides that they must be accorded equal opportunities and easy accessibility to places and services such as education.

Speaking on behalf of the community, GVH Magombo expressed gratitude for the gesture by the Disability Rights Clinic in going to sensitize people in his area. The chief said that he was aware of attitudes among people in the area towards persons with disabilities that needed changing. The chief urged people in his area to take the information they received and use it.

Following the awareness campaign, the Clinic staged a mobile legal clinic, which aimed to enable members of the public who attended the awareness campaign to seek legal advice on disability rights matters or situations related with the cause. The Clinic registered about 10 clients at the mobile clinic.


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