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  • European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction: A step in the right direction

    31.03.2017 Outcome document of the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction includes persons with disabilities This week the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Istanbul.  Yannis Yallouros, member of EDF Executive Committee, took part in the Forum, and in the drafting committee for the outcome document. The outcome document pays specific attention to persons with disabilities, calling on authorities ‘to include people with disabilities, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups of people in national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction...
    EDF Executive Committee member, Yannis Yallouros, at the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction
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  • Building an accessible society without barriers for autism

    30.03.2017 Autism-Europe is launching a long-running awareness campaign titled “Break barriers together fort autism - Let’s build an accessible society” to understand what barriers to inclusion autistic people are up against and to identify how society can work to overcome and remove them. To mark World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), Autism Europe is organising a photography exhibition on 3 April 2017 in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee. The topic is accessibility and inclusion of people with autism in society.   On WAAD on 2 April 2017, Autism Europe is seeking to promote the...
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  • Ireland: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities still not ratified

    30.03.2017 Today marks 10 years since Ireland signed the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). However, Ireland remains the only Member State of the European Union (EU) that has not yet ratified the CRPD meaning that the CRPD has not yet entered into force in Ireland. All other 27 EU Member States, as well as the EU itself as a regional organisation, have ratified the CRPD and have been working on its implementation. The CRPD is an international human rights treaty that reaffirms that all persons with disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental...
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  • Stop forced sterilisation

    30.03.2017 To raise awareness on forced sterilisation against women and girls with disabilities, CERMI Women's Foundation organised a photo competition on this theme last year. EDF was invited to be one of the members of the jury that selected the two winning pictures based on their originality, technical and aesthetic quality, social sensibility, critical and communication capacity etc. The first award was given to Kike Balenzategui Arbizu for the following picture: The second award was given to Andrés Derqui Romero for the following picture: The winning pictures as well as some more pictures of...
    A young girl is balancing on train lines holding a plastic doll and a pair of scissor
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  • Ensuring that no one is left behind

    29.03.2017 Including disability in the EU’s indicators on Sustainable Development Goals On 30 March 2017, the European Union (EU) presented its draft indicators measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the European level. EDF was invited to the event to bring the perspective of persons with disabilities. We drew attention on the importance of leaving no person with disability behind and on having concrete indicators on disability. The European Union (EU) has been preparing indicators to measure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The draft document of the EU...
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  • EU: Ensure aid reaches refugees with disabilities

    27.03.2017 Improve monitoring of refugee assistance funds The European Parliament should ensure that European Union (EU) funds for refugees also reach those with disabilities, Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum (EDF) said in advance of an event at the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow 28 March 2017. Thousands of asylum seekers have been trapped for over a year in horrifying conditions in Greece, since the adoption of the EU-Turkey deal, and the organisations are deeply concerned that refugees with disabilities are being overlooked in the humanitarian response. The event “...
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  • EDF Board resolution on the right to work

    21.03.2017 On 18 February 2017, the European Disability Forum (EDF) organised a conference on “Inclusive Workplaces: Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Labour Market” in collaboration with its Maltese member, the Malta Federation of Organisations of Persons with Disability (MFOPD). The right to work and employment for persons with disabilities is enshrined in Article 27 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), which indicates that persons with disabilities have the right to work, on an equal basis with others, in an open, inclusive and accessible...
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  • The inclusive Europe we want

    21.03.2017 On Europe’s 60th anniversary, we call on European leaders to show leadership, vision and courage to set Europe on the path to a sustainable future which realises the rights of all people and respects planetary boundaries. On 25 March 2017, Heads of State or Government and the Presidents of the European institutions will come together in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome, which laid the foundations for the European Union (EU) we know today. During this meeting, EU leaders will make proposals on the future of Europe, following up on the White Paper which...
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  • Violence against women and girls: will Europe rise up in 2017?

    07.03.2017 This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March comes as a new opportunity for the European Union (EU) to take action against violence against women: The European Commission has declared 2017 the European Year of focused action to combat violence against women and girls. The European Disability Forum (EDF) is part of the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls, a unique coalition of more than 25 European-wide networks and NGOs dedicated to social justice and equality. Together we call on the EU decision-makers to mark International Women’s Day with...
    1 in 3 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. Europe, will you rise up? More than 25 EU NGOs count on action for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU
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  • Activists demonstrate for a strong law on accessibility in Europe

    06.03.2017 Accessibility? Act! Today we are demonstrating in front of the European Parliament and we are calling on Parliamentarians to promote a strong and effective European Accessibility Act. Millions of people in Europe are still excluded from using basic products and services that are taken for granted for other people. Due to lack of accessibility, withdrawing money from a cash machine, entering a bank or any public building, using the metro, issuing a ticket, using a computer, calling a friend, watching TV, staying in a hotel, using a washing machine, are impossible for many people, including...
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