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  • Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights: “Women’s rights in turbulent times”

    21.11.2017 The European Commission’s Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights took place on 20 and 21 November 2017 in Brussels. Hosted by the European Commission First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, together with Věra Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, this year's focus was on 'Women's rights in turbulent times'. The objective of the Annual Colloquium is to improve mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of key fundamental rights in Europe and the world. The Colloquium aimed to go beyond the technical discussions on...
    EDF Vice President, Ana Pelaez, speaking at the Colloquium
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  • Disability - inclusive EU humanitarian action

    28.11.2017 EDF, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Refugee Council met today the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, to discuss recent developments and future plans to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the European Union (EU) actions in emergency response situations around the world, including its work to support refugees. The meeting was arranged to discuss the work of the EU in including persons with disabilities in humanitarian crisis. This is a responsibility of the EU, based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of...
    Our delegation with Commissioner Stylianides
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  • World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: No woman with disability should be left behind

    25.11.2017 There are 46 million women and girls with disabilities in Europe, representing 60% of the overall population of persons with disabilities. Women with disabilities are 2 to 5 times more likely to be victims of violence than non-disabled women and are subjected to forced sterilisation and abortions against their will. Accessing justice and support and protection services is often impossible for women with disabilities because of accessibility, legal and other barriers. For example, women with disabilities may live in institutions deprived of their legal capacity or the available services may...
    Pirkko Mahlamaki holding a "STOP" sign - credits: Terhi Heinila
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  • 20 years EDF: photo exhibition

    03.10.2017 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Disability Forum (EDF). On this occasion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted on 3-13 October 2017 a photo exhibition with important moments in EDF’s history. Founded in 1997, EDF has grown into a European disability movement with representation in all European Union (EU) Member States and beyond. EDF has been supporting persons with disabilities and their representative organisations to come together and speak with one voice. Together with our members and partners, we are fighting for a more inclusive society with equal...
    Visitors looking at the photos of the exhibition
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  • DISCIT project: Active participation in future disability policies

    09.11.2017 From 2013 to 2016 DISCIT project examined how active participation of persons with disabilities in society and the economy can be achieved. The project aimed to produce new knowledge that would enable the European Union (EU), its Members States and affiliated European countries to make this right a reality for their people with disabilities, in line with the the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). On 9 November 2017, researchers, organisations of persons with disabilities and policy makers gathered in Oslo, Norway, to discuss the implications of...
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  • Social Pillar: EDF adopts resolution to promote employment & social inclusion of persons with disabilities

    06.11.2017 After EDF first reaction to the European Commission’s proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar), and ahead of the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth on the 17 November, EDF Board adopts a resolution in the same context. Through this resolution, EDF Board addresses Heads of States and Governments to call for a strong commitment towards the right to employment, social inclusion and social protection for persons with disabilities and all people in the European Union (EU). To apply the principles of the Social Pillar and achieve higher employment rate, better...
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  • CRPD workshop for European organisations of persons with disabilities

    30.10.2017 On the 17 and 18 October 2017, a technical workshop took place in Brussels organised by the United Nations Human Rights Regional Office for Europe (OHCHR), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet). The workshop targeted especially organisations of persons with disabilities of European countries coming soon for review by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee). The objectives was to increase participants' understanding of the human rights mechanisms...
    Participants of the workshop
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  • Does everyone in Europe have the right to vote?

    10.10.2017 Millions of Europeans with disabilities are excluded from this fundamental right The right to political participation and the right to vote are fundamental rights for all citizens. They are at the heart of democracy and citizenship. they are also rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) that the European Union (EU) and all its Member States (except Ireland) have ratified, meaning they are obliged to make it happen for all their citizens with disabilities. In reality, however, millions of people with disabilities in Europe are...
    Krzysztof Pater presented the work made so far on the EESC report on the right to vote
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  • How can accessibility become a reality for all people in Europe?

    08.10.2017 The European Accessibility Act can make a difference Over 100 people took part in the European conference 'The European Accessibility Act – Making full accessibility reality'. The conference took place on 6-7 October 2017 in Estonia hosted by the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People as part of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union (EU). Persons with disabilities from across Europe and from various local communities in Estonia, representatives of the Estonian government, EU policy makers and the industry were brought together to discuss the content of European Accessibility Act and...
    Participants of the conference on the Accessibility Act
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  • People in Europe and around the globe call on world leaders to act on Sustainable Development

    25.09.2017 On the 2nd anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thousands of citizens in more than 109 countries around the world, including in Europe, raised their voices to seek accountability from the world leaders on their commitment made on Agenda 2030 and demanded to #ACT4SDGs. Through the We the People ACT4SDGs campaign, thousands of campaigners and ordinary citizens have come together around the anniversary in more than 886 events from Manila and Buenos Aires to Brussels, Mexico City and Nairobi, to create awareness on the SDGs, highlight local realities, and hold governments...
    EDF members holding banner with the 17 SDGs
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