TAF tasks media to avoid derogatory terms in PWD issues

The Programme Manager, The All-rights Foundation (TAF) Africa, Mr. Olayemi Samuel, has urged Nigerian journalists and media houses to avoid the use of derogatory terms while reporting issues that affect Persons With Disabilities (PWD).

Speaking when he led TAF Africa team to the Kaduna state Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to seek partnership on inclusive Kaduna for all irrespective of their physical and mental abilities, Olayemi said TAF Africa is currently working on a project developed to strengthen institutions on governance and the rule of law for disability inclusion at the grassroots with expected support from relevant stakeholders at the state level.

He said it is important for journalists and media houses at the forefront of information gathering, processing, and disseminating to be in tune with acceptable global terms when they discuss or write about PWD.

Je said: “We have been engaging other critical stakeholders on inclusiveness in the Kaduna environment so the people who have over the years felt excluded can also play their roles in the nation- building. We want to see a shift from the ways media project issues that affect PWD, especially in terms of using the right terms to describe the category of disability in discourse.”

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