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  • Ana Peláez Narváez is the first woman with a disability  elected for the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women

    07.06.2018 We are very happy to announce the election of Ana Peláez Narváez as a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She is the first woman with disabilities ever to be elected as a member of the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which has existed for 37 years. We welcome her election a very positive step which brings “nothing about us without us” closer to reality.  What is the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women? The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is the body of...
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  • Rail Passengers Rights Regulation - Internal Market Committee vote: EDF's Voting Recommendations

    04.06.2018 Today’s vote is very important for passengers with disabilities. At the European Disability Forum, we are pleased to see that the IMCO rapporteur and shadow rapporteurs have listened to our concerns when drafting compromise amendments. We are particularly pleased to see that a compromise amendment proposes to end prenotification to get assistance at all staffed stations. If adopted, this proposal will send a very strong message that the right to ‘turn up and go’ applies to 80 million European passengers with disabilities. The proposal to lower prenotification to 3 hours at unstaffed stations...
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  • Spain must ensure inclusive education for persons with disabilities, warns U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    31.05.2018 Following a confidential inquiry in 2017, experts found that Spain has contributed to a discriminatory system that uses legal provisions in place to maintain two educational systems and divert students with disabilities outside mainstream education. The experts found that Spain effectively segregates and excludes students with disabilities, which is against the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities. This is a grave and systemic violation of the student’s rights to education. Ms. Theresia Degener, Chairperson of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities...
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  • A Europe for all its people - we gathered in Lithuania to demand a decent standard of living for all persons with disabilities in Europe.

    27.05.2018 The European Disability Movement gathers in Lithuania to demand a decent standard of living for all persons with disabilities in Europe. European disability movement demands that “nothing about us without us” becomes reality. The General Assembly of the European Disability Forum took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 26th and 27th, co-organised and co-hosted by EDF and the Lithuanian Disability Forum. The Assembly brought together over 150 delegates from across Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania, this weekend. The conclusion was clear: European and national authorities need to do more to...
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  • Þuríður Harpa Sigurðardóttir elected new board member of the European Disability Forum

    26.05.2018 Þuríður Harpa Sigurðardóttir is the chairman of the Organisation of Disabled in Iceland, (ÖBÍ Öryrkjabandalag Íslands). ÖBÍ is a National umbrella organisation of disabled people with different kinds of disabilities. ÖBÍ has 41 member organisations. She has worked directly and indirectly on issues related to disability and persons with disabilities for over 10 years. She serves as president of a local divison of the National Federation of Physically Disabled People (Sjálfsbjörg) in Skagafjordur district since 2011, and she is a current vice-Chairman of the National organisation. From 2013...
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  • Our General Assembly will be livestreamed

    25.05.2018 Watch the livestream for our General Assembly on Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 March 2018: Saturday - Follow the link here Sunday - Follow the link here
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  • Joint statement on EU Funds for equality between men and women, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination

    24.05.2018 Representing a coalition of European NGOs, we call upon the Council of the European Union, the Commission and the European Parliament to uphold equality between women and men, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination in the proposal for the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027, as well as in the Funds specific regulations. We regret that the equality principle has been deleted from the European Commission draft proposal of the CPR and that references to accessibility for persons with disabilities have not been included in the draft European Social Fund+ regulation...
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  • Open letter regarding the protest underway by persons with disabilities in the Polish Parliament during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

    24.05.2018 Dear President Paolo Alli, Dear NATO Parliamentary Assembly Members, Unfortunately, during your stay in the visit in the Polish Parliament tomorrow, the government will fence off an area where around 10 persons with disabilities and their families are protesting. It is not fenced of for your protection, but to prevent you from witnessing the sub-human conditions that the Polish authorities are subjecting the protesters and our community to. Details of the Polish Parliament mistreatment include: Not allowing carers to be with the protestors; Protestors sleep on mattresses arranged on the...
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  • European Disability Forum demands that Polish Parliament and authorities to stop inhumane treatment of protesters

    24.05.2018 The Polish Parliament is subjecting protesters with disabilities to sub-human conditions. This is an affront to human rights and to the basic dignity every human is entitled to. The European Disability Forum demands the Polish Parliament to stop immediately. Details of the Polish Parliament mistreatment include: Not allowing carers to be with the protestors; Protestors sleep on mattresses arranged on the marble floor of one of the corridors, with the lights on; Meals are consumed at the place where they sleep; Protestors cannot open windows; Protestors are suspended from going outside of...
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  • Disability organisations not attending Council of Europe Bioethics Committeee meeting.

    24.05.2018 Today the Council of Europe committee on Bioethics discusses the Additional Protocol to Oviedo Convention. This protocol goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We, Organisations of persons with disabilities, will not be there. Why? Because our contributions have been systematically ignored by the Committee, and because the only solution is to withdraw the Protocol now!
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