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  • Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response

    13.03.2020 In the light of the current pandemic and its disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities, the European Disability Forum (EDF) has developed the following recommendations for policy makers, through discussion with our members., based on our members’ current work, and priorities. These recommendations aim to address the range of risks persons with disabilities face.  Persons with disabilities face the same risk as the rest of the population, compounded by many other issues: disruption of services and support, in some cases, pre-existing health conditions which leave them more at risk...
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  • The inclusion of persons with disabilities in the new EU-Africa strategy proposal – we need more!

    11.03.2020 On the 9th March 2020, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published the proposal for a new EU strategy with Africa. The European Disability Forum (EDF) welcomes the document as it brings a formidable opportunity to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa, with the prospect to supporting youth with disabilities in decent jobs and women with disabilities to be key drivers of sustainable and inclusive changes. However, to really implement and monitor the United Nations Convention on the Rights of...
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  • Sign the petition: Train travel for all

    10.03.2020 Wemove and the European Disability Forum launched the petition “Train Travel for all”. The petition calls on MEP Liberadzski, lead negotiator of the EU Rail Passenger Rights Regulation, to ensure that the law demands better assistance and no need for pre-notification when travelling by train. Support us by signing the petion: English – Train travel for all! Castellano - ¡Todos tenemos derecho a viajar en tren! Deutsch - Bahnfahren für alle! Français - Des trains pour tous ! Italiano - Viaggio in treno per tutti! Polski -Pociągi dla wszystkich!  
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  • EU Gender Equality Strategy: include women with disabilities “from the bedroom to the boardroom”

    09.03.2020 On International Women’s Day, we call on EU Institutions to ensure the rights of women and girls with disabilities are considered in all policies regarding gender equality. We welcome the good example established by the recently published EU Gender Equality Strategy. For the first time, the process to develop the strategy actively involved women with disabilities through their representative organisations and, as a result, it includes important commitments to ensure the rights of women and girls with disabilities. We especially welcome: the recognition that women and girls with disabilities...
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  • Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen discusses disability inclusion in EU international cooperation

    06.03.2020 On Thursday 5th March, representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Abilis Foundation and Bridging the Gap met with European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen. The Commissioner stated her commitment to inclusion and outlined her priorities in terms of international partnership, with actions on youth, and the future strategy with Africa key areas. We emphasised our expectation for a strong EU leadership, and her leadership in particular, in promoting disability inclusive development,...
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  • EU countries must nominate candidates to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    05.03.2020 We are deeply concerned that neither the European Union (EU) nor EU countries have nominated candidates to the upcoming elections of independent experts to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee is an United Nations expert body that monitors the rights of persons with disabilities across the world. While the EU and all its member states have shown unprecedented leadership in human rights by taking part in negotiations and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we now need to ensure the Committee includes EU based experts to...
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  • Joint letter calling for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the next EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024

    04.03.2020 To: Ms Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary-General European External Action Service (EEAS) CC Lotte Knudsen Managing Director, Human Rights, Global & Multilateral Issues (EEAS) Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality Josep Borrell High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission RE: Joint letter calling for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the next EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 Dear Ms Helga Maria Schmid, We would like to acknowledge the strong commitment by the European Union (EU) to...
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  • Outcomes of EDF Board meeting

    04.03.2020 Feb 29th and March 1st The board meeting was preceded by a reception and a conference on international cooperation. We welcomed a new member: EURORDIS, an alliance of patient organisations representing 894 rare disease patient organisations in 72 countries. We launched our toolkit for DPOs on working with Refugees with Disabilities The Board adopted EDF’s Social Media Policy. The Board decided the theme of our 6th human rights report (due 2021): access to justice Our next Human Rights Report will be on political participation (5th edition, scheduled for 2020. The Board agreed on a public...
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  • Highlight: EDF events advocating for inclusive international cooperation by the EU

    04.03.2020 During the last week of February 2020, we warmly welcomed the Executive members of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) for a week of events and meetings in Brussels. This included a high level meeting with representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, an evening reception to present our new Guidance note on the role of European DPOs in international cooperation and a joint conference with IDA entitled “Inclusive international cooperation: Making it a reality!” on the 29 February. Reception “Role of European...
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  • Don’t compromise the right of persons with disabilities to train travel

    03.03.2020 Dear colleague MEP Mr Boguslaw Liberadzki, We are writing to you in your quality as rapporteur of the revision of the EU Rail Passenger Rights’ Regulation. As members of the European Parliament’s Disability Intergroup, we call on you not to compromise the European Parliament’s position regarding pre-notification for assistance for persons with reduced mobility (amendment 101, Article 24 (1) a). The Council’s proposal for this provision was seen as extremely negative by several disability rights organisations and represents a step backwards for the rights of persons with disabilities. It is...
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