A call has been made for the country to invest in and continue to work towards the attainment of rights for women and girls with disabilities.

This came out at the official launch of Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities (ARWGD) this Friday (today) in the capital.

Women and girls with disabilities face considerable challenges including gender based violence, lack of sexual reproductive health rights, and employment among others.

Representing the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Cde Petronella Kagonye at the official launch of advancing the rights of women and girls with disabilities, national disability focal person Jonathan Banda said the aim is to create a platform for giving voices to girls and women with disabilities.

“Women and girls with disabilities rights should be protected and given a platform to shape their needs,” he said.

UNESCO regional officer for Southern Africa Professor Hubert Gijzen said the launch of advancing women and girls with disabilities will support their rights.

“They are various challenges facing girls and women with disabilities and the official launch will avoid the challenges,” said Professor Gijzen.

Representative and country director of World Food Programme Eddie Rowe said the sustainable development goals improve the promotion of inclusion for disability rights.

“Sustainable development goals ensure no one is left behind,” he said.

The government ensures the constitutional rights uphold dignity and equality for all citizens.