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  • A turning point for Disability Rights in Europe

    03.12.2020 On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Parliament Disability Intergroup wants to pay a deserved tribute to the millions of persons with disabilities in Europe who suffered the most devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts are with the families and friends of persons with disabilities who passed away, with those who live in residential institutions, with those who did not receive proper health care when needed, with those who were deprived from their support network, with those who had no alternative to keep working or studying, with those...
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  • Message from the Youth Committee for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 (#EDPD2020)

    01.12.2020 On the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 (#EDPD2020) EDF Youth Committee would like to send a message highlighting the situation of thousands of young people in Europe who are at greater risk than other groups. 1st December 2020 “Young people are living in a more complex world with many choices to make that brings many kinds of feelings. To be able to cope with all these, support for young people should be given to deal with all these feelings and guidance resources, human one included to have their questions answered. COVID-19 has exacerbated the already...
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  • Winners of the 2020 Photo Competition "Inaccessible Places”

    30.11.2020 This year, we were looking for photos showing inaccessible places for persons with disabilities in various areas of life. We would like to thank all the participants for having sent us their photos, we received a big amount of submissions this year, making the final selection challenging for the judges! We want to congratulate our three winners: Benno Fleig, Germany. Winner 1st prize A student tries to enter the local university library at Heidelberg, Germany. He already fails at the stairs. The photo was taken by one of his assistants, who is an amateur photographer. The student in the...
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  • First European accessibility standard on built environment approved

    26.11.2020 The European Standardization Organizations CEN and CENELEC approved the first European standard on the accessibility and usability of the built environment. This much awaited technical document will be published at the very beginning of 2021, and it will help Member States, and more particularly architects, to guarantee accessibility for persons with disabilities, and many other people with functional limitations, to the physical environment. It was drafted in response to a European Commission standardisation request, known as Mandate 420, and counted with the participation and consensus of...
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  • The European Disability Forum’s Presence at the 13th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CoSP13)

    26.11.2020 The 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is scheduled to take place in both in-person and virtual format at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, from the 30th November to the 4th December 2020. The overall theme of the 13th session is 'A decade of action and delivery for inclusive sustainable development: implementing the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for all persons with disabilities.' This year’s sub-themes are focusing on: Disability and business: realizing the right to work in open, inclusive and...
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  • The rights of women and girls with disabilities recognised in EU's third Gender Equality Action Plan

    26.11.2020 On 25th November 2020, the EU launched its third Gender Equality Action Plan, also called GAP III. This new policy framework, put forward by European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all EUs external action from 2021-2025. EDF welcomes GAP III as it contributes to EU's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, in particular Goal 5 on gender equality. GAP III underlines...
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  • Meet the candidates - Election of 9 members of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    25.11.2020 The 13th session of the Conference of the States parties to the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities will take place in New York and online on 30 November, 1 and 3 December 2020. Importantly for the disability movement, 9 new members for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities will be elected. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) is composed of 18 independent experts - persons of high moral character and recognised competence in the field of human rights. The term of 9 elected members will expire on 31...
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  • World Health Oranisation’s Regional Leadership Engages to Reinforce Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Response

    25.11.2020 On Monday, November 23rd, the EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, met with Dr. Hans Kluge, Regional Representative for WHO in Europe to discuss ways in which children and adults with disabilities can be included in the pandemic response. Background As COVID-19 hit the world, the European Disability Forum (EDF) expressed the importance of inclusive responses to the pandemic with full involvement of persons with disabilities. Right from the beginning of the pandemic, persons with disabilities were discriminated against and excluded from government responses. Like older people in residential...
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  • Istanbul Convention. A tool to combat gender based violence

    25.11.2020 The Convention The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence better know as the “Istanbul Convention” is an international treaty to help tackle violence against women and girls. It was adopted in 2011 and entered into force in 2014. The Convention is the first European instrument that aims legally to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims of violence, and punish perpetrators. It explains what countries have to do to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. Some of the measures are awareness raising,...
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  • No more violence against women with disabilities!

    25.11.2020 European Disability Forum statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Today, the 25th of November, recalling that, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in force in the European Union since 22nd January 2011, recognises in the preamble that women and girls with disabilities are often at greater risk, both within and outside the home, of violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation; The 2030 Agenda, through Sustainable Development Goal No 5, seeks to put an...
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