INSPIRATION; THE STORY OF A ROLE MODEL WHO DEFIED ALL ODDS
As a true reflection of a phrase disability is not in-ability, Jane defied odds through the community which helped in raising her self-awareness and self-worth by encouraging her to go on despite sad moments she was passing through. For instance, she was constantly mocked by her peers of her appearance and the way her eyes moved as a result of the condition she had.
Article 4 (c) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) obligates the signatories of the convention (including Malawi) to guarantee rights of Persons with Disabilities by adopting all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention. In context of the aforementioned declaration, Malawi government has put in place mechanisms such as the Malawi National Disability Mainstreaming Strategy and Implementation Plan in order to embrace inclusion in all its sectors.
Jane, was able to access free sun screen lotion and further, had access to free eye care services towards realisation of her right to health as a fundamental right according to article 25 of the UNCRPD. Her learning journey has been disability friendly through out all the learning stages – all praise to the inclusive education strategy that is being implemented in the country. She relates on the good learning environment she was subjected to and she brands it reasonable accommodation which entails the necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure parity in exercising all human rights and fundamental freedoms (UNCRPD, Art 2).
Now she is a degree holder and social worker responsible for disability and governance working with BLAYACO