Disability Movement of Pakistan has decided to disassociate themselves from television host and United Nations goodwill Ambassador Muniba Mazari, days after her ex-husband sued her for defamation.
Muhammad Atif Sheikh, president Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), a DPO (Disabled People Organisation) to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities said,
“Muniba is presenting a model of sympathy as an ambassador. We don’t want to quote names or hinder her efforts but she isn’t doing anything for the disability movement and is merely cashing in on her disability.”
“She is trying to get attention using the charity model of disability, which is entirely wrong and isn’t what a representative should do,” he added.
Muhammad Atif Sheikh further stated,
“She shouldn’t be an ambassador of disability for any organisation because a representative/ambassador always advocates the right-based approach and equality, not try to gain sympathy. Disability is a diversified way of living, not a brave struggle.”