A member of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians With Disability (CPWD) from Australia, Hon Liesl Tesch has charged the disability community in Ghana to rise up with a strong voice for Political Inclusion in Ghana’s Parliament.

According to her, the specific needs of Persons with Disability (PwD) are well addressed when they have a voice in Parliament.

She noted that, though the disability community in Ghana are well organised with a strong voice, the absence of their own representation in Parliament remained a barrier to their unique interest.

Hon Tesch was speaking to EXPRESSNEWSGHANA after the official opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday,October 4, 2023.

She said, her presence in Australia Parliament has boosted the well being of persons with cognitive disability in Australia and they now have a say in politics, especially in Parliament.

Hon Liesl Tesch, in wheel chair speaking to a staff of Accra Rehabilitation centre

“Ghana has a strong disability community but they must do more to have political inclusiveness. I encouraged them to work hard so they can have a voice in Parliament. A strong voice in Parliament will boost their active contribution to national discourse.”

“I entered Australia Parliament through by-eletion and now I am in my third term. The people believe in me and see me as the voice for all disabled persons and the vulnerable people.”

“I am the Secretary to the Disability inclusiveness and Family Affairs in Parliament. So I encouraged my friends in Ghana to elect someone of their kind to represent them in Parliament to increase the advocacy in the national discourse,” Hon Tesch said.

Source: expressnewsghana.com

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