October 20, 2017

Mobile theatre to promote rights of disabled voters

Members of MILI’s music band entertain people with popular songs at a charity event for rehabilitation of disaster victims.
Members of MILI’s music band entertain people with popular songs at a charity event for rehabilitation of disaster victims.

Disability rights group Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI) will conduct a public awareness campaign on disability-inclusiveness ahead of the upcoming election in mid-October, according to its founder U Nay Lin Soe.
The local non-government organisation will use a mobile theatre for the first time to host performances throughout Yangon to raise awareness about the rights of disabled voters.
“Most people with a disability have been excluded from voting in the past for a number of reasons. They face all sorts of discrimination and barriers to being able to vote, but they have as much right to vote as anyone else,” MILI’s founder and programme director told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
U Nay Lin Soe added that the shows will star disabled performers and that the organisation will spend K3 million (US$2,300) of its budget on the campaign, which will take place in four busy areas of Yangon.
“Performers and locations for the campaign have not yet been selected, but we’ll do so soon,” he said.
U Nay Lin Soe said that in addition to the mobile theatre, MILI will hold public discussions with candidates and persons that focus on issues affecting persons with disabilities.
According to the 2014 census, Myanmar has more than 2.3 million people with disabilities, which accounts for 4.7 percent of the country’s total population.
The MILI was founded in 2011 as an organization working to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Myanmar.

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