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The first analysis on children with disabilities launched in Myanmar [EN/MY]

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Nay Pyi Taw, 27 September 2016- The first ever situation analysis in Myanmar to provide a systematic understanding of the experiences of children with disabilities and their families was launched today by the Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, in collaboration with UNICEF.

The study, which was supported by the Multi Donor Education Fund, comprising Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Norway and the United Kingdom, analyses the current situation of children with disabilities in relation to realizing their rights and accessing basic services, as well as their life experiences in their communities. It also focuses on identifying the barriers created by society that prevent children with disabilities from enjoying their human rights. This includes identifying negative attitudes; environmental and communication barriers; gaps in policies or their effective implementation.

“By providing analysis and information on the challenges and barriers faced by children with disabilities in their daily lives, and in accessing social services, this report sets out the key areas where action is urgently required to ensure their social inclusion and full participation in society”, explained Dr. U Win Myat Aye, Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement. “Therefore, I encourage all stakeholders to study the report, consider its recommendations, and support national efforts to enhance the realisation of rights for children with disabilities”.

The report reveals that children with disabilities in Myanmar are less likely to access services in health or education; rarely have their voices heard in society; and face daily discrimination as objects of pity. It also highlights how inadequate policies and legislation contribute to the challenges these children face.

The information available in this publication should be useful for policy makers, development partners and Disabled Persons Organisations to promote the realization of the rights of all children with disabilities, as stated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the country signed in 2011. The situation analysis can also help guide mainstreaming of disability across all policies and programmes, both in development and humanitarian action, to improve the quality and inclusivity of social services provided.

“This situation analysis is thus an attempt to make visible what is otherwise kept invisible - the plight of children living with disabilities”, said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar. “In this way, the analysis can inform positive responses to disability in Myanmar, and strengthen our joint commitment to the rights of these children, and their inclusion and participation in Myanmar society - as a matter of principle, equity, and for the benefit of all.”

UNICEF in Myanmar

UNICEF has been working with the Government and the people of Myanmar since 1950. In partnership with the Government and the civil society, UNICEF’s current focus of work aims at reducing child mortality, improving access and quality of education and protecting children from violence, abuse and exploitation. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Myanmar. Please visit: http://www.unicef.org/myanmar. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unicefmyanmar

For more information please contact:

Mariana Palavra, Communication Specialist, Advocacy, Partnerships and Communication Section, UNICEF Myanmar, 09795452618, mpalavra@unicef.org

Htet Htet Oo, Communication Officer, Advocacy, Partnerships and Communication Section, UNICEF Myanmar, 09250075238, hoo@unicef.org