Our committees & expert groups

Human Rights and Non Discrimination | Women’s Committee | Youth Committee | Advisory Group on Independent Living

In order to have a full involvement of members and a balanced representation of all categories of disabilities, EDF set up different structures to support it's work. These structures allow us to have expertise and different view points in different thematic areas.

Committees and Advisory Groups

EDF’s Committees are established for 4 years with a midterm review after 2 years. We currently have 3 Committees:

Human Rights and Non Discrimination

The Human Rights and Non Discrimination Committee ensures that national and European leaders are closely involved in, and are fully informed about our work on human rights, equality, non-discrimination and especially on the United Nations Convention onf the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It also provides a platform during and between meetings to exchange information and good practices on implementation of the UN CRPD and other international human rights treaties such as UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination of Women and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and equality legislation at the national level.

Learn more about the ongoing work of the Committee here

Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee’s role is to mainstream gender in all EDF policies and documents, to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls with disabilities and to work towards the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in society. The Committee ensures that our work takes into account the perspective of women and girls with disabilities.

Learn more about the work of the Committee here

Youth Committee

TheYouth Committee is the voice of young people with disabilities inside EDF. Its role is to ensure that EDF's work takes into account the perspective of young people with disabilities but also to represent young people with disabilities in both EDF and external events.

Learn more about the work of the Committee here

Advisory Group

Advisory Group on Independent Living

The main role of the the Advisory group on independent living and community-based services is to advise our board on questions related to independent living and transition from institutions to community based services. The group is also consulted for the EDF's work in relation to independent living.

Learn more about the work of the Advisory Group here

Email expert groups

EDF has also several email expert groups focusing on

  • built environment,

  • information and communication technology,

  • standardisation,

  • transport,

  • persons requiring more intensive support

  • refugees and migrants with disabilities.