Upcoming events of the Disability Intergroup

8 November: Meeting on the involvement of persons with disabilities by political parties, hosted by MEP Helga Stevens

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Disability intergroup of the European Parliament and EDF are pleased to invite you at the public seminar on the involvement of persons with disabilities by political parties. The event is hosted by the member of the European Parliament (MEP) Helga Stevens.

It will take place in room PHS 1A002 from 9.30 to 13.30 and will be followed by a lunch. Please save the date !

The thematic meeting will serve as a platform to raise awareness about the under-representation of persons with disabilities in political life, including in different political party structures. The discussions will aim to identify the potential steps and initiatives which could facilitate such participation and create more inclusive political parties in the EU and across the broader OSCE region.

The event will gather participants with diverse expertise, including members of political parties, parliamentarians, politicians with disabilities, representatives of political party support organizations, disabled people’s organizations, and representatives of other international organizations

We would appreciate if you could kindly confirm your interest to attend the seminar by 2 November 2017 to Ms. Anete Erdmane, ODIHR Associate Democratic Governance Officer at: + 48 723 960 021, or at e-mail at anete.erdmane@odihr.pl

30 November: breakfast meeting “Who cares?” Results of the stocktaking study on the challenges and needs of family carers in Europe, hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalova and MEP Marian Harkin

Place: Members' salon, 8.15 to 9.45

80 % of care work is still provided by informal carers in Europe. There are thousands of Europeans, mostly women caring for a family member with support needs, for example older people or persons with disabilities. Many of them are out of the labour market and face challenges in accessing adequate resources, support services and social benefits. Leaving family carers without support puts them at risk of poverty, health problems and undermines gender equality. At the COFACE Families Europe’s breakfast event Who cares?” Results of the stocktaking study on the challenges and needs of family carers in Europe, COFACE will present the results of our data collection on the needs of family carers and good examples of policies from different EU Member States.

For more information and for registration, please send an e-mail to mbirtha@coface-eu.org with the following information: First name, Surname, date of birth, nationality, type of ID document, number of ID document and any additional information (e.g. if special assistance is required). Please send your registration by November 6th at the latest.

More information can also be found at: http://www.coface-eu.org/disability/study-who-cares-in-europe/