Joint meeting with the Intergroup on Children's Rights

17 February 2016

On 17 February, the Disability intergroup co-organised wit the intergroup on children’s rights a meeting on ‘Ending violence against children with disabilities’. The discussion drew from the recent findings by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in its report on ‘Violence against children with disabilities: legislation, policies and programmes in the EU’. The meeting was co-chaired by MEP Corazza Bildt, Chinnici and MEP Helga Stevens.

Children with disabilities face significant barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights. They are often excluded from society, sometimes living in facilities far from their families. They are also denied access to basic services, such as health care and education, and endure stigma and discrimination, as well as sexual, physical and psychological violence. The United Nations (UN) Convention on the rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) are essential in ensuring that children with disabilities are protected against violence. But even though protective measures are available, girls and boys with disabilities are more likely than their peers to experience violence.

Panelists from UNICEF, EDF, FRA and the European Commission discussed with Intergroups MEPs what the European Union and its Member States can do to ensure that their rights are better respected both in the EU and beyond.

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