Myint Win Thein
As the majority of us take going anywhere we want for granted, we sometimes fail to recognise the fact that some people lack personal mobility due to physical disabilities.
Personal mobility allows a person to move freely and at their own will and whim. Meanwhile, people with disabilities lack the same independence, with many reliant on the goodwill of others to avoid losing out on a great number of opportunities.
Many people with disabilities are denied the right to education simply by virtue of being unable to travel independently. As a result, many cannot achieve their full potential. A lack of education leads to a loss of employment opportunities and denies such people the means to participate in society and their communities in a meaningful way.
It is a grave injustice that some people with disabilities cannot fully enjoy their rights as human beings because they lack mobility – or rather, Myanmar’s infrastructure lacks the necessary elements to enable mobility. Article 20 of the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities urges countries to take effective measures to ensure personal mobility with the greatest possible independence. Myanmar must do much more to address this inequitable situation.