On Monday, the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, launched a coalition of creators, media professionals and union organizations for the disabled, to support and advocate for people with disabilities.
The alliance aims, according to SUNA, to use drama and arts to lead an advocacy and awareness campaign, enlightening societies and governments about the challenges facing persons with disabilities and influencing decision makers to issue laws and regulations that support their rights.
Representative Abdul Rahim Qarni confirmed that the coalition will work to be the influential channel for creative and journalistic production to identify and advocate for the issues of persons with disabilities, and to gain the momentum required to inform societies of the challenges they face.
For her part, ADD International Programs Director, Hoda Othman, stressed the importance of societal awareness of the rights of people with disabilities at the level of the individual, family and state authority.
She also pointed out the importance of exploiting artistic and creative work to influence societies and to reach laws that support the right of persons with disabilities with regard to means of livelihood and food security.
Othman pointed out that the project targeted service providers in all fields and made them aware of the importance of the issues of persons with disabilities, focusing on food security and health service providers.
The alliance’s work constitutes one of the activities of the “We Are Able” project sponsored by ADD International.
It aims for people with disabilities and their various institutions to have a role and influence in issuing and implementing positive laws, policies and transactions to improve their nutritional status at all levels.
The project’s activities, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a period of five years, ending at the end of December 2025, are based on three main axes.
The three axes are; Awareness and mobilization of societies about the rights of persons with disabilities, strengthening civil society institutions in general and institutions of persons with disabilities, and enlightening and linking government authorities with societies, institutions of persons with disabilities and civil society to work together to achieve food security for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.