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  • 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities: Disability rights at the heart of the European Union

    06.12.2017 More than 600 persons with disabilities from all over Europe met on 6 December at the European Parliament to engage in dialogue with European leaders concerning their rights. The 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities (EPPD) was a landmark event marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) and the 20th anniversary of EDF. EDF was created in 1997 to ensure that decisions concerning persons with disabilities are taken with persons with disabilities, through their active involvement in policy and decision-making: This is the basis of our motto ‘nothing...
    European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, opening the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities, addressing more than 600 people with disabilities
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  • European Days of Persons with Disabilities 2017: Towards an inclusive, social and sustainable Europe

    05.12.2017 The European Days of Persons with Disabilities brought together hundreds of persons with disabilities and it was an occasion to celebrate diversity and social inclusion. As every year around the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the European Commission and EDF co-organised a two-day conference in Brussels on 4-5 December 2017. Persons with disabilities discussed citizenship, political participation, sustainable development and urban accessibility with the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, the Council, public authorities and other...
    Participants of the conference
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  • EDF and Google hold an event in the European Parliament on Artificial Intelligence for accessibility

    29.11.2017 On 29th November, the European Disability Forum and Google held a joint event in the European Parliament on artificial intelligence and accessibility, which was hosted by the rapporteur of the European Accessibility Act, Morten Løkkegaard MEP. The event follows on-going discussions between EDF and Google on the future-proofing of new technologies to embrace human diversity. Upcoming technology promises an impending age where many of society’s challenges can be overcome for persons with disabilities but only if inclusion is taken into account at an early stage. In an effort to ensure progress...
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  • Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights: “Women’s rights in turbulent times”

    21.11.2017 The European Commission’s Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights took place on 20 and 21 November 2017 in Brussels. Hosted by the European Commission First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, together with Věra Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, this year's focus was on 'Women's rights in turbulent times'. The objective of the Annual Colloquium is to improve mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of key fundamental rights in Europe and the world. The Colloquium aimed to go beyond the technical discussions on...
    EDF Vice President, Ana Pelaez, speaking at the Colloquium
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  • Disability - inclusive EU humanitarian action

    28.11.2017 EDF, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Refugee Council met today the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, to discuss recent developments and future plans to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the European Union (EU) actions in emergency response situations around the world, including its work to support refugees. The meeting was arranged to discuss the work of the EU in including persons with disabilities in humanitarian crisis. This is a responsibility of the EU, based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of...
    Our delegation with Commissioner Stylianides
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  • World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: No woman with disability should be left behind

    25.11.2017 There are 46 million women and girls with disabilities in Europe, representing 60% of the overall population of persons with disabilities. Women with disabilities are 2 to 5 times more likely to be victims of violence than non-disabled women and are subjected to forced sterilisation and abortions against their will. Accessing justice and support and protection services is often impossible for women with disabilities because of accessibility, legal and other barriers. For example, women with disabilities may live in institutions deprived of their legal capacity or the available services may...
    Pirkko Mahlamaki holding a "STOP" sign - credits: Terhi Heinila
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  • 20 years EDF: photo exhibition

    03.10.2017 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Disability Forum (EDF). On this occasion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted on 3-13 October 2017 a photo exhibition with important moments in EDF’s history. Founded in 1997, EDF has grown into a European disability movement with representation in all European Union (EU) Member States and beyond. EDF has been supporting persons with disabilities and their representative organisations to come together and speak with one voice. Together with our members and partners, we are fighting for a more inclusive society with equal...
    Visitors looking at the photos of the exhibition
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  • DISCIT project: Active participation in future disability policies

    09.11.2017 From 2013 to 2016 DISCIT project examined how active participation of persons with disabilities in society and the economy can be achieved. The project aimed to produce new knowledge that would enable the European Union (EU), its Members States and affiliated European countries to make this right a reality for their people with disabilities, in line with the the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). On 9 November 2017, researchers, organisations of persons with disabilities and policy makers gathered in Oslo, Norway, to discuss the implications of...
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  • Social Pillar: EDF adopts resolution to promote employment & social inclusion of persons with disabilities

    06.11.2017 After EDF first reaction to the European Commission’s proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar), and ahead of the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth on the 17 November, EDF Board adopts a resolution in the same context. Through this resolution, EDF Board addresses Heads of States and Governments to call for a strong commitment towards the right to employment, social inclusion and social protection for persons with disabilities and all people in the European Union (EU). To apply the principles of the Social Pillar and achieve higher employment rate, better...
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  • CRPD workshop for European organisations of persons with disabilities

    30.10.2017 On the 17 and 18 October 2017, a technical workshop took place in Brussels organised by the United Nations Human Rights Regional Office for Europe (OHCHR), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet). The workshop targeted especially organisations of persons with disabilities of European countries coming soon for review by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee). The objectives was to increase participants' understanding of the human rights mechanisms...
    Participants of the workshop
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