11-14 May: EDF Annual General Assembly & other events in Madrid

Persons with disabilities and their representative organisations from all over Europe will meet this week in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). EDF AGA is hosted by EDF Spanish members, CERMI and ONCE Foundation.

EDF AGA will take place on 13-14 May 2017 at ONCE’s Sports and Cultural Centre. A conference is also organised in the framework of the AGA to mark EDF’s 20th anniversary. The conference is entitled ’20 years later: Building an inclusive disability movement for the future’.  

The AGA and the conference will be a good opportunity to recall the great achievements of the disability movement in the last 20 years, but also to identify the challenges ahead and how the disability movement should respond to them. 

Speakers of the first day of the AGA include the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Market, Marianne Thyssen, the President of Group III of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Luca Jahier, and the Member of the European Parliament, Helga Stevens.

Human Rights Watch will also speak about how persons with disabilities have been involved in the global human rights movement.

The discussions of the second day will focus on what the European disability movement needs to do to continue fighting successfully for equality and social justice in the future. What are the opportunities we have? What are the challenges? Who are our allies?

The panelists here include Nujeen Mustafa, a young refugee with disability, and representatives from Civil Society organisations , the European Women’s Lobby, the European Youth Forum and Age Platform Europe.

The days ahead the AGA are also busy with various events:

  • In the morning of Thursday 11 May 2017, we will have a press conference at CERMI’s office in Madrid.
  • In the afternoon of Thursday 11 May 2017, a lottery ticket dedicated to the 20th anniversary of EDF will be launched.
  • In the morning of Friday 12 May, a delegation of EDF, CERMI and ONCE will visit the Queen of Spain to talk about the situation of persons with disabilities in Spain and in Europe.

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