The maiden fashion show for women living with disabilities dubbed “Access” has taken place in Yaounde.
Access was organized by a non-governmental Organization “SisterSpeak237, founded by Comfort Mussa, Award -winning journalist and women’s rights Activist.
Twelve out of eighteen women living with disabilities who registered for the show hit the runway this Saturday, 30th March 2019.
The models with varied disabilities came from the North West , South West, Littoral and Centre regions.
Beaming with joy and confidence , the women living with disabilities ,and clad in specially designed fashion attires, the ladies each paraded before a full house of spectators. Some of them danced on wheelchairs as the crowd applauded.
Comfort Mussa, organizer of Access 2019 states that the show is about bringing women with disabilities to the limelight.
“Access was born out of the desire to amplify the voices of women with disability and make them more visible. We want people to be intensional about inclusion”. Comfort Mussa , Award winning journalist and women’s Right Activist
Access 2019 : The Resounding message
Access 2019 was a special platform for women with disabilities to call for social inclusion.
At the end of the second round of parade, each woman addressed the crowd, leaving a key message.
Aside a call for a social inclusion and a change in the perception of persons living with disabilities, the women said NO to discrimination, prejudice and violence especially sexual violence.
Through success stories, the women unanimously stated that disability is not a fatality. Among them was an accountant, an award winning-athlete , a freelance translator , radio animator and a teacher who told the spectators women with disabilities can always achieve their dreams irrespective of challenges.
Access 2019 goes into history as Cameroon’s first advocacy fashion show in honor of women with disabilities.
Kathy Neba Sina