Since 1992, The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities JONAPWD has championed strategic engagements toward assuring the rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, one of which led to the passage of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Acts of 2018 – which Disability Right Fund (DRF), Nigeria strongly supported. Our thematic activities are consistently geared towards improving the lives of all groups (men, women, youth and children with disabilities) and their meaningful and sustainable participation under these thematic areas: Education, Health, Governance and Elections, Agriculture, Economy, Poverty Eradication, Climate, Environment and Energy, Trade, Industry and Investment, Sports and Human Rights amongst others. We employ strategies such as Movement Building Strengthening, Granting, Policy Advocacy, Capacity Building, Awareness Creation & Sensitization, Stakeholder Engagements, Research and Communications, and Budget Tracking and Analysis in pursuing our mission. JONAPWD has its membership and activities across the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); Our members and networks constantly facilitate project implementation for all sub-national Organization for Persons with Disabilities (OfPDs) in Nigeria, although without official records of such activities with us at JONAPWD.Gender and Youth: Our dimension on gender concerns emphasizes the collective impact of pushing a common agenda and solving identified societal biases against women and girls with disabilities. We largely program to position women with disabilities in leadership roles within the broader disability and civil society advocacy communities. For instance, JONAPWD women were part of the advocacy push on 35 affirmative action which was recently ruled in favor of Nigerian women.Relatively, JONAPWD women focus on issues around gender equality and all forms of gender-based violence. We recently launched a report on “How OPDs are Keeping People Safe” wherein concerns on Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassments (SEAH) were investigated and elaborately highlighted especially from the gender perspective. JONAPWD similarly participated in research were few young women with disabilities served as respondents on Sexual Harassments at work places.Generally, women and young women with disabilities at JONAPWD largely pursue sensitization and awareness-raising activities, especially in ensuring inclusion for women, young women and girls is a priority in all policies using the rights-based approach through the lens of the UNCRPD 6, SDG 5 and National Gender Policies.

What Deliverables do we Pursue?

From a right based perspective, we work to improve disability inclusive deliverables for all disability related context in all regions of Nigeria. We provide considerable attention on the development of effective use of knowledge transfer to persons with and without disabilities, using appropriate frameworks. We support our partners during the processes of situational analysis/ needs assessment, instructional and curriculum design, planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of disability related programs and projects. Furthermore, we provide capacity building and technical assistance to our partners during all stages of the project cycle. Specifically, we provide technical support in the following areas: - Research and Information Dissemination - Evidence Based Advocacy - Grassroot Outreach and Coordination - Capacity Building - Poverty Alleviation - Grant making and Disbursements - Policy Analysis - Movement Building In carrying out the above, we are deliberate in embedding three fundamental principles which are premised on the grounds that people with disabilities are: • Engaged, consulted, represented and listened to at all levels of decision-making and as leaders – in their household, community, institutions and society - truly practicing the principles of ‘nothing without us’; • Empowered as powerful and active agents of change to challenge discrimination and harmful norms and to hold governments and implementers to account; • Able to exercise and enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms on an equal basis with others so that they are fully included in and benefit from development processes and outcomes.