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  • Access to justice for all women and girls with disabilities - Happy Women's Day!

    08.03.2018 EDF Vice-President, Ana Peláez Narváez raised awareness yesterday, ahead of the International Women's Day on the rights of women with disabilities to access to justice at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Access to justice continues to be denied to millions of women with disabilities worldwide. Women face all kinds of obstacles when they try to claim their rights in court. Nevertheless, many obstacles still remain to inhibit women and girls with disabilities from activating their rights. These range from symbolic barriers such as negative stereotypes that permeate the work of all...
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  • Alejandro Moledo's new blog article on UNRISD website

    06.03.2018 Don't miss Alejandro Modelo's blog article called “Embracing Human Diversity: Policies and Enabling Factors for Accessible Technologies”, published on the 6th of March on the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)’ s website. Please click here to read it. Congratulations Alejandro! For your information, the Think Piece series was launched last Thursday by the UNRISD. On the 7th of March,  their communications team promoted the piece on UNRISD’s social media channels to tie in with the Human Rights Council Annual Interactive Debate on the Rights of Persons with...
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  • New webinar about the CRPD!

    06.03.2018 In the framework of the Third Pillar of the Knowledge Management Strategy - Learning Spaces to LEARN and TRAIN – IDDC is launching a webinar-based training cycle to gradually explore different aspects of the inclusion of persons with disability in development cooperation.   Based on the need to promote among all participating countries and partners a common approach to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the first webinar focuses on “The CRPD: principles and attributes”. The webinar is structured in three language sessions in English, French and Spanish as...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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