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  • European Parliament Political Groups leaders agree on strong actions to support disability rights

    01.12.2016 Two days before the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), EDF met with Presidents and top politicians of the main Political Groups in the European Parliament. Josef Weidenholzer (S&D Group Vice-President), Sabine Verheyen (EPP Coordinator in the Committee on Culture and Education), Syed Kamall (President of the ECR Group), Gabriele Zimmer (President of the GUE/NGL Group) and  Ulrike Lunacek (Vice-President of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA) renewed the commitment of their Political Groups to support the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe, three years...
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  • Leave no one behind on the path to Sustainable Development

    03.12.2016 Since 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. At the European level, we mark this time annually through the European Day of Persons with disabilities. This year’s conference took place on 29-30 November in Brussels with the theme: ‘Marking 10 years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities’. Internationally, the theme of 3rd of December this year is 'Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want'. The UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and EDF has reported...
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  • European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016: CRPD implementation cannot be business as usual

    29.11.2016 This year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). This has been the focus of the 2-day conference organised by the European Commission and EDF on 29-30 November 2016. The conference gathered together around 400 participants including people with disabilities and their representative organisations, associations and companies working to improve the life of people with disabilities, government representatives, EU institutions representatives, academics and many others. Together...
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  • What are the challenges for women with disabilities in Europe?

    25.11.2016 We asked two women with disabilities to explain what main difficulties women and girls with disabilities face in today’s Europe and how governments can protect their rights. Pirkko Mahlamaki is Secretary General at the Finnish Disability Forum and member of the Board of EDF. She was also recently elected as member of the Board of European Women’s Lobby. Lidia Best is Vice President of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People. She is originally from Poland but she lives in the UK. Pirkko and Lidia are both members of EDF Women’s Committee. What are the main challenges that women and...
    Pirkko Mahlamaki and Lydia Best
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  • Civil Society pushes for a strong Accessibility Act

    16.11.2016 Accessibility is not a right that can be compromised EDF, together with its partners at Social Platform, AGE Platform Europe, and ANEC, presented its position and draft amendments on the European Accessibility Act to the new Rapporteur of the  European Parliament. The new Rapporteur, Morten Løkkegaard, only took up this position a few weeks ago and EDF had therefore requested a meeting to underline the importance of the Accessibility Act for the disability movement, but also for an inclusive society for everyone. The adoption of a meaningful, strong and ambitious Accessibility Act is what EDF...
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  • Children’s Day 2016: The voices of children with disabilities should be heard

    20.11.2016 Happy Children’s Day everyone! Children with disabilities have the right to the same life as all other children. They have the right to go to the same schools and to participate in all activities alongside their peers. **Their voice should also be the first voice to be heard when decisions that concern their lives are taken. ** However, children with disabilities are often excluded from these decisions and are among the most marginalised; they are at a higher risk to live in institutions away from their families, to be victims of violence or sexual abuse, to not be accepted in schools, to...
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  • UN human rights recommendations: How to make them a reality?

    13.11.2016 For the first time in history, the EU was reviewed by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 and received specific recommendations on how to improve its work on the rights of its 80 million people with disabilities. 15 European countries have also been reviewed and two more country reviews will be completed in 2017. The UN recommendations are important guidance, but how can they be translated into change that will improve the living conditions of people with disabilities in practice? EDF and its members discussed this together with representatives from the Slovak EU Presidency, the European...
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  • Accessibility is the way to break barriers in society

    10.11.2016 EDF presented its position on the Accessibility Act at IMCO Committee’s exchange of views EDF was invited to present its opinion on the European Accessibility Act during yesterday’s exchange of views in the Internal Market Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament. After a long campaign from the disability movement and a clear recommendation by the UN calling on the EU to publish the Accessibility Act, a proposal was finally published by the European Commission last December. The proposed text is now discussed at the Parliament and the Council and IMCO is the Committee in charge of...
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  • Accessibility Act: Time to move forward

    09.11.2016 Accessibility Act: Time to move forward Tackling the complex proposal for the European Accessibility Act was the ambitious task of the 3 panels of experts during yesterday’s event at the European Parliament. The event was co-organised by EDF and the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament and hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalová. A range of experts presented their views on the Accessibility Act with each of the 3 panels focusing on a different aspect: accessibility of ICT products and services, accessibility of transport and built environment and how the Act should be put into practice....
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  • EU must make its development cooperation inclusive

    08.11.2016 The European Union (EU) has been a great supporter of a disability inclusive sustainable development framework. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, include specific references to persons with disabilities. The EU has also ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and this includes a specific article on International Cooperation (Article 32). Right now, the European Commission is in the process of reviewing the EU Consensus on Development. This is a policy statement that commits the EU to eradicating poverty and building a...
    Group of persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities in Haiti
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