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  • Time for the EPSCO Council to adopt a position on the EU Work-Life Balance directive

    18.06.2018 The European Disability forum joined its voice with other civil society and trade organisations to call on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council to adopt a Council position on the Work-life balance Directive. Read the open letter below: It’s in your hands – the fate of working parents and carers across Europe depends on you Time for the EPSCO Council to adopt a position on the EU Work-Life Balance directive Brussels, 18 June 2018 Dear Ministers, We represent, via our European umbrella organisations, 3.471 NGOs and 89 trade union confederations. Our call is...
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  • Nine experts elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    13.06.2018 Today, the States parties elected nine experts to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They will l replace those whose terms expire on 31 December 2018. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body in charge of monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the States that ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The nine experts – six women and three men – who will start working in the Committee in January 2019 are: Mr...
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  • Our guide to the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

    12.06.2018 The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD takes place in 12-14 June 2018 in the UN Headquarters in New York. It will be preceded by the Civil Society Forum on the 11th June. The Conference will, as every year, take stock of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme is “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” Themes for the Conference of States Parties Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” Sub-themes: National fiscal space, public-private partnerships and...
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  • The European Development Days - no woman left behind.

    12.06.2018 On the 5 and 6 June 2018, the European Disability Forum participated in the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels. The European Development Day are the largest European Union gathering on international cooperation. It is organized by the European Commission, and this year it focused on the role of women, and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in society. It was a great occasion to network, share ideas, and get inspired by new partnerships and innovative solutions between civil society, institutional and political stakeholders around the world. Marion Steff...
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  • Rail Passengers’ Rights – update on the Internal Market Committee vote

    07.06.2018 The IMCO committee voted on amendments to the Rail Passengers Rights regulation on 4 June. Ahead of the vote we contacted IMCO members to ask them to support our voting recommendations. Many of the amendments adopted are positive for passengers with disabilities. For example, IMCO MEPs adopted amendments to involve passengers with disabilities and DPOs in disability-related training and supported accessible information provisions. Other amendments are problematic – see below - and we will need to ensure that Transport Committee MEPs listen to our concerns before and during their vote on 21...
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  • Ana Peláez Narváez is the first woman with a disability  elected for the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women

    07.06.2018 We are very happy to announce the election of Ana Peláez Narváez as a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She is the first woman with disabilities ever to be elected as a member of the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which has existed for 37 years. We welcome her election a very positive step which brings “nothing about us without us” closer to reality.  What is the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women? The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is the body of...
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  • Rail Passengers Rights Regulation - Internal Market Committee vote: EDF's Voting Recommendations

    04.06.2018 Today’s vote is very important for passengers with disabilities. At the European Disability Forum, we are pleased to see that the IMCO rapporteur and shadow rapporteurs have listened to our concerns when drafting compromise amendments. We are particularly pleased to see that a compromise amendment proposes to end prenotification to get assistance at all staffed stations. If adopted, this proposal will send a very strong message that the right to ‘turn up and go’ applies to 80 million European passengers with disabilities. The proposal to lower prenotification to 3 hours at unstaffed stations...
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  • Spain must ensure inclusive education for persons with disabilities, warns U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    31.05.2018 Following a confidential inquiry in 2017, experts found that Spain has contributed to a discriminatory system that uses legal provisions in place to maintain two educational systems and divert students with disabilities outside mainstream education. The experts found that Spain effectively segregates and excludes students with disabilities, which is against the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities. This is a grave and systemic violation of the student’s rights to education. Ms. Theresia Degener, Chairperson of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities...
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  • A Europe for all its people - we gathered in Lithuania to demand a decent standard of living for all persons with disabilities in Europe.

    27.05.2018 The European Disability Movement gathers in Lithuania to demand a decent standard of living for all persons with disabilities in Europe. European disability movement demands that “nothing about us without us” becomes reality. The General Assembly of the European Disability Forum took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 26th and 27th, co-organised and co-hosted by EDF and the Lithuanian Disability Forum. The Assembly brought together over 150 delegates from across Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania, this weekend. The conclusion was clear: European and national authorities need to do more to...
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  • Þuríður Harpa Sigurðardóttir elected new board member of the European Disability Forum

    26.05.2018 Þuríður Harpa Sigurðardóttir is the chairman of the Organisation of Disabled in Iceland, (ÖBÍ Öryrkjabandalag Íslands). ÖBÍ is a National umbrella organisation of disabled people with different kinds of disabilities. ÖBÍ has 41 member organisations. She has worked directly and indirectly on issues related to disability and persons with disabilities for over 10 years. She serves as president of a local divison of the National Federation of Physically Disabled People (Sjálfsbjörg) in Skagafjordur district since 2011, and she is a current vice-Chairman of the National organisation. From 2013...
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