In a rustic the place incapacity remains to be usually seen as a punishment from God, one candidate in Ghana’s upcoming presidential election is gaining consideration.
Ivor Greenstreet, the 50-12 months-previous flagbearer for the Conference Peoples’ Celebration (CPP), is the primary disabled individual to run for the very best workplace in Ghana.
Greenstreet was already lively in politics when a automotive accident in 1997 left him in a wheelchair.
A local of the capital Accra, he made an unsuccessful bid to enter parliament within the early Nineteen Nineties, operating for the CPP, a minor leftwing celebration based by Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, through the wrestle for independence from Britain.
Chatting with AFP, Greenstreet stated the accident reworked his politics as he grew to become extra “activist-oriented”, decided to struggle for social justice for individuals who felt marginalised.
Minor events stand little likelihood towards the 2 essential contenders within the December 7 ballot, President John Dramani Mahama of the Nationwide Democratic Congress and Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Get together.
However Greenstreet’s nomination has impressed 14 different folks with disabilities to run for parliament along with his occasion, in what he described as an “unbelievable” quantity.
“They emerged from the woodwork,” he stated.
“I assume some on the native stage thought: ‘If he can do it, why not me?’”
– Combating misconceptions –
These with disabilities are sometimes stigmatised in Ghana.
Chatting with AFP forward of the UN’s Worldwide Day of Individuals with Disabilities, marked yearly on December three, Alex Williams, spokesman for the Ghana Federation of Incapacity Organisations, stated about 15 per cent of the inhabitants undergo some type of incapacity.
“There’s a notion that being disabled in any manner makes the particular person unable to operate in any respect,” he advised AFP.
This typically means these with bodily limitations are rejected by society and unable to search out work.
And spiritual beliefs can imply that some view these with disabilities as struggling a type of punishment for incorrect-doing.
Whereas there was work throughout Ghana to teach the general public on disabilities “we confront these perceptions day in and time out,” the spokesman stated.
And having Greenstreet in a visual place has helped others with disabilities, he stated.
“It is a sign of the street to observe,” he mentioned.
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