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  • Disability Realities - EDF announces its blog

    17.09.2020 We believe in the power of personal stories and those living voices have potential to form public discourse. Thus, we are happy to share our new blog with you. From now on, we will regularly publish personal stories about people with disabilities. Do you have something to tell? We are calling for stories about the experiences of living with a disability from different aspects. Although, we are mainly interested in stories that address social injustice, first-hand experience with policies in practice, we would like to hear stories of joy, celebration, pride, and success. Let's focus on...
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  • The European Democracy Action Plan Should Ensure the Right to Vote of Persons with Disabilities

    16.09.2020 EDF responded the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the upcoming European Democracy Action Plan. In our reply to the consultation we called the EU institutions to ensure that all persons with disabilities enjoy their right to vote in the next EU elections, as in 2019 still 800,000 persons with disabilities could not cast their vote due to discriminatory national laws on legal capacity. Additionally ,we also demand a set of minimum accessibility requirements applicable to the elections in all EU Member states, as well as to the political parties and institutions. In...
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  • Time to act for the European Accessibility Act

    15.09.2020 The European Accessibility Act (EAA) sets new European Union (EU) wide minimum accessibility requirements for a range of products and services and aims to strengthen the right of persons with disabilities to access goods and services available in the EU internal market. It is a result of decades-long advocacy by the European disability community and has been one of the most important EU laws for advancing accessibility in Europe. The Act can still be strengthened throughout national adoption by 28 June 2022. To ensure that national laws based on the Act are stronger, organisations of persons...
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  • Open letter to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and Committee on Bioethics regarding the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention

    15.09.2020 TO: Committee of Ministers of the Council of EuropeCouncil of EuropeAvenue de l'Europe F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France CC:   Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe Brussels, 15 September 2020 RE: Open letter to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and Committee on Bioethics regarding the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention Dear Ministers and Members of the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe, In 2014, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics started to work on a protocol with the purpose to “protect the rights of people with mental...
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  • What does the digitalisation of justice mean for persons with disabilities?

    09.09.2020 The European Commission is organising a consultation on the digitalisation of justice (deadline 10th of September). The objective of the initiative it to provide ‘toolbox’ of measures to boost digitalisation in justice systems across the EU, including possible tools for legislation, funding and IT. It concerns the digitalisation of: Cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, access to justice for citizens and businesses in cross-border procedures in civil matters Cooperation between EU institutions, agencies and bodies in criminal matters. At the same time Justice at...
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  • New vacancy: The European Disability Forum is recruiting a temporary Communications Officer, full time, to start as soon as possible

    09.09.2020 Deadline to apply Friday September 18th 9am CET The European Disability Forum (EDF) is seeking an enthusiastic and committed team member to be responsible for our external communications. We are a non-governmental European umbrella organisation set up to represent organisations of persons with disabilities at EU level. Its membership includes 100 Organisations including European NGOs and National Federations of organisations of persons with disabilities. Our mission is to promote the equal opportunities and human rights of persons with disabilities towards the European Union. Tasks...
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  • Open Letter to EU decision-makers on funding human rights and equality for all

    03.09.2020 To:   President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli  Members of the European Parliament President of the European Council, Charles Michel Head of Presidency of the Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel Members of the Governments of EU Member States   In copy: President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli   Brussels, 2 September 2020   Your Excellencies,   We, the undersigned, as civil society organisations leading the work at EU level on advancing the rights and equality for all...
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  • People with disabilities in Belarus must have their human rights respected

    01.09.2020 The European Disability Forum calls on all EU institutions and international organisations to act swiftly to ensure the safety and security of persons with disabilities and their families in Belarus. Since August 2020 the Belarusian people have protested peacefully against a falsified election and they must be supported in their efforts. Belarusian authorities have responded with a well-documented escalation of state violence, which goes against the respect for human rights as laid out in the Belarussian Constitution and in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to...
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  • Interview with ENIL volunteer Nina Portolan

    20.08.2020 My name is Nina Portolan, I am 23 years old and I am from Serbia I am a university student and a para-athlete in karate. I am doing karate for persons with disabilities, I am part of the national Para karate team. My three main things in my life right now are my friendships, my sport and the activism I started two years ago. Why did you want to volunteer and how did you hear about the European Solidarity Corps? I always wanted to volunteer and had the wish to travel abroad and leave for a while abroad just to have the experience of a different culture and different people in my life. And if...
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  • International Youth Day: Messages from the members of the European Disability Forum Youth Committee

    12.08.2020 Happy International Youth Day! In a few days we will be publishing an edition of our newsletter the Disability Voice dedicated to the Youth Committee. In the meantime, here are some messages from our Youth Committee members and some of their tips to uplift your mood during these times. If you want to know more about them you can click their names to read their bios. Kamil Goungor from Greece, Chair of the Youth Committee If you ever need someone to speak or to ask questions about young disabled people and our rights, don't hesitate to reach out to us (both the EDF Youth Committee and the...
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