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  • EDF fully supports Ana Peláez campaign for CEDAW

    04.03.2018 EDF fully supports and endorses the candidacy of Ana Pelaez to the United Nations Committee of Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Ana is presenting a strong plea to include women with disabilities in CEDAW, giving meaning to her campaign motto, #DisabilityforCEDAW. Elections to the CEDAW Committee will he held at United Nations headquarters in New York on June 7th 2018, and the representatives from the 189 States Parties will have the right to vote. However, civil society’s role in the entire process is crucial as it can have a direct influence on the positions adopted by...
    EDF board supporting Ana's candidacy
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  • Event: Rail Passengers Right for Persons with Disabilities

    28.02.2018 On Wednesday 28 February 2018, the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament, in collaboration with EDF, held an event on the Revision of the Regulation on Rail Passengers’ Rights (1371/2007)) The event gathered representatives of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament responsible for the regulation, Members of the Disability Intergroup, DPOs, rail industry representatives and experts. It was hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalová (S&D) and MEP Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE). The event included a Presentation of the Commission proposal by Elisabeth Kotthaus, European Commission...
    Frank Sioen presenting his personal testimony
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  • Report on ending forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities

    14.02.2018 EDF and CERMI Women’s Foundation have released a comprehensive report which raises awareness on how to prevent and end forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities. It explains the negative consequences of forced sterilisation on the enjoyment of all human rights for all women and girls with disabilities. It highlights the close relationship between this practice and the deprivation of legal capacity, and describes the current situation in Europe and beyond. Finally, it gives an overview of the current human rights standards and jurisprudence on the topic. This joint report of...
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  • Disability Intergroup & EDF agree on 2018 priorities

    24.01.2018 A decisive year for the European Parliament On 24 January 2018, the EDF Executive Committee met the Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The members of EDF Executive Committee represent both the EU and the national umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities. They discussed with Adam Kosa (EPP), Olga Sehnalova (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Brando Benifei (S&D) and Marian Harkin (ALDE) about common priorities and challenges for 2018. The 2- hour discussion in the Parliament focused on: The role of the European Parliament in the follow up of the UN’s...
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  • Political Parties should demonstrate a concrete commitment to inclusion of persons with disabilities

    08.11.2017 On 8 November 2017, the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament, in collaboration with EDF and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), gathered experts, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), DPOs, disability rights activists, representatives of international organisations and of political party support organizations to talk about the involvement of persons with disabilities by political parties. The event was hosted by MEP Helga Stevens, co-President of the Disability Intergroup. Helga Stevens opened the meeting by stating that “making politics and...
    Speakers of the hearing
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  • Ending forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities

    05.12.2017 Women and girls with disabilities in Europe continue to be deprived of many of their human rights, including being sterilised against their consent or knowledge, depriving them from their dignity and power over their sexual and reproductive rights. On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) and as a side event to the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities (6 December 2017), EDF held a hearing on 'Ending forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities. The hearing took place on 5 December 2017 at the European Parliament in...
    Luminita and Ana Pelaez during their interventions
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  • Accessibility Act: The Council of the EU adopts its position

    07.12.2017 The Council of the EU adopted its long-awaited position on the Accessibility Act in today’s meeting of the Social Affairs Ministers – finally the negotiations can start The Council agreed in its meeting of 7 December on a position ('General Approach') on the European Accessibility Act, a proposal for legislation aiming to make several products and services in Europe accessible to all people. Now the negotiations among the three EU institutions, European Commission, European Parliament and Council, to agree on a final text can start. EDF would like to thank the European Commission and the...
    Activists campaigning for accessibility for all
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  • EU Making Aid Efforts More Inclusive

    07.12.2017 Mandate to Consider Needs of People with Disabilities The European Union (EU) is taking important steps to ensure that EU-funded humanitarian assistance reaches people with disabilities, the European Disability Forum (EDF), Human Rights Watch, and the Norwegian Refugee Council said today. People with disabilities in humanitarian crises face massive problems in getting even basic services such as food, water, sanitation, shelter, education, and safety protection. At the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities on December 6, 2017, Christos Stylianides, the European commissioner...
    Tents at refugee camp in Greece (photo credits: Human Rights Watch)
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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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