• Stop forced sterilisation

    30.03.2017 To raise awareness on forced sterilisation against women and girls with disabilities, CERMI Women's Foundation organised a photo competition on this theme last year. EDF was invited to be one of the members of the jury that selected the two winning pictures based on their originality, technical and aesthetic quality, social sensibility, critical and communication capacity etc. The first award was given to Kike Balenzategui Arbizu for the following picture: The second award was given to Andrés Derqui Romero for the following picture: The winning pictures as well as some more pictures of...
    A young girl is balancing on train lines holding a plastic doll and a pair of scissor
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  • Ensuring that no one is left behind

    29.03.2017 Including disability in the EU’s indicators on Sustainable Development Goals On 30 March 2017, the European Union (EU) presented its draft indicators measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the European level. EDF was invited to the event to bring the perspective of persons with disabilities. We drew attention on the importance of leaving no person with disability behind and on having concrete indicators on disability. The European Union (EU) has been preparing indicators to measure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The draft document of the EU...
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  • EU: Ensure aid reaches refugees with disabilities

    27.03.2017 Improve monitoring of refugee assistance funds The European Parliament should ensure that European Union (EU) funds for refugees also reach those with disabilities, Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum (EDF) said in advance of an event at the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow 28 March 2017. Thousands of asylum seekers have been trapped for over a year in horrifying conditions in Greece, since the adoption of the EU-Turkey deal, and the organisations are deeply concerned that refugees with disabilities are being overlooked in the humanitarian response. The event “...
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  • EDF Board resolution on the right to work

    21.03.2017 On 18 February 2017, the European Disability Forum (EDF) organised a conference on “Inclusive Workplaces: Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Labour Market” in collaboration with its Maltese member, the Malta Federation of Organisations of Persons with Disability (MFOPD). The right to work and employment for persons with disabilities is enshrined in Article 27 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), which indicates that persons with disabilities have the right to work, on an equal basis with others, in an open, inclusive and accessible...
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  • The inclusive Europe we want

    21.03.2017 On Europe’s 60th anniversary, we call on European leaders to show leadership, vision and courage to set Europe on the path to a sustainable future which realises the rights of all people and respects planetary boundaries. On 25 March 2017, Heads of State or Government and the Presidents of the European institutions will come together in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome, which laid the foundations for the European Union (EU) we know today. During this meeting, EU leaders will make proposals on the future of Europe, following up on the White Paper which...
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  • Violence against women and girls: will Europe rise up in 2017?

    07.03.2017 This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March comes as a new opportunity for the European Union (EU) to take action against violence against women: The European Commission has declared 2017 the European Year of focused action to combat violence against women and girls. The European Disability Forum (EDF) is part of the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls, a unique coalition of more than 25 European-wide networks and NGOs dedicated to social justice and equality. Together we call on the EU decision-makers to mark International Women’s Day with...
    1 in 3 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. Europe, will you rise up? More than 25 EU NGOs count on action for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU
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  • Activists demonstrate for a strong law on accessibility in Europe

    06.03.2017 Accessibility? Act! Today we are demonstrating in front of the European Parliament and we are calling on Parliamentarians to promote a strong and effective European Accessibility Act. Millions of people in Europe are still excluded from using basic products and services that are taken for granted for other people. Due to lack of accessibility, withdrawing money from a cash machine, entering a bank or any public building, using the metro, issuing a ticket, using a computer, calling a friend, watching TV, staying in a hotel, using a washing machine, are impossible for many people, including...
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  • Promoting equal opportunities to decent work

    19.02.2017 Work and employment have a huge impact in our lives and are linked to the ability to live independently and make our own choices in life. According to Eurostat, more than half of the population of persons with disabilities in the European Union (EU) are unemployed. In fact, experts who took part it our conference on 18 February 2017 in Malta stated that these Eurostat figures are too optimistic as many people with disabilities who are unemployed are totally invisible from the statistics. Women with disabilities even facemultiple discrimination both on the grounds of their gender and...
    Participants of the conference on inclusive employment
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  • EDF & Broadcasters draw up common proposal to improve access to audiovisual media services

    14.02.2017 The European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve the accessibility of audiovisual media services for persons with disabilities. Broadcasters and the umbrella organisation of the European disability movement reached this agreement upon the initiative of the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Petra Kammerevert, who is preparing the European Parliament's report on the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). EDF, EBU and ACT (the “signatories”)...
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  • Open letter to Members of the European Parliament concerning the European Accessibility Act

    31.01.2017 The European Disability Forum (EDF), AGE Platform Europe and ANEC are deeply concerned about the draft report of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO Committee) of the European Parliament on the European Accessibility Act (2015/0278(COD)) published on 6 January 2017. The report is watering down the European Commission's proposal and we believe it threatens to lead to an unambitious position of the European Parliament which will not represent the interests of EU consumers, nor promote their rights effectively, including 80 million persons with disabilities and 190...
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