Seminars in the project countries

30 November 2016 | Serbia

Inclusive services for children with disabilities and their families

Donata Vivanti (EDF Vice-President), Ivanka Jovanovic (Executive Director, NOOIS),	Damjan Tatic (Elected Member of the CRPD Committee)The seminar was organised by the National Organization of Persons with Disabilities of Serbia (NOOIS), which is an Observer Member of EDF. The seminar served two key purposes: a) to analyse the perspectives on improving the social inclusion of children with disabilities, and b) to exchange lessons learned among organisation of persons with disabilities (DPOs) concerning the situation of children with disabilities in four key areas.

  • system of social protection;
  • social support services for children with disabilities and their families;
  •  violence against children with disabilities;
  • participation of children in the social life.

A set of key recommendations to the national institutions were then discussed, drafted and endorsed by the DPOs.

EDF has provided technical assistance and capacity building to DPOs in Serbia for the preparation of the answers to the list of issues, the alternative report and the briefing meetings to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee).

To see more about Serbia's reporting status to the CRPD Committee, visit UN's website here

9–10 December 2016 | Montenegro

Children with disabilities in Montenegro through the lens of the UN CRPD

Workshop on the CRPD review process. Representatives of DPOs in a working group on the CRPD.

The conference was organised by the Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro (UMHCG) as leading organisation of a relevant coalition of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in the country.
 
The two-day seminar significantly increased the competencies and understanding on the principles and obligations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It also paved the way for the establishment of a coalition of DPOs for the preparation of the “proposed list of key issues” (Feb 2017) and the comprehensive alternative report (July 2017).
 
 

12 December 2016 | Kosovo

Empowering the Rights of Children with Disabilities in Kosovo 

Kosovo Association of the Blind (when the meeting was organised in December, “Kosovo Disability Forum” was not yet registered as association.)

The conference was organised by the Kosovo Association of the Blind (KAB) as a member of the (then) informal Kosovo Disability Forum. More than 70 representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities, Civil Society Organisations and international donors gathered together. They shared their experiences and discussed how children with disabilities can be supported in enjoying freedom of choice and making their own decisions.
A clear result of the seminar was the emphasis on expanding and intensifying the mutual cooperation and coordination among the most relevant organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in the country. 
 
At the end of the national seminar, representative members of Kosovo Disability Forum were invited to sign a eclaration that reaffirmed the need for unity of the disability movement in Kosovo, as a precondition to permanently include children’s voices and will as a consistent element of their work.
 
As a result, Kosovo Disability Forum became associate member of EDF in February 2017. 
 
Kosovo is not a state party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). 

 

21 January 2017 | Turkey 

Inclusive services for children with disabilities and their families 

Audience membersThe conference successfully brought together national organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and parents’ organisations, under the umbrella of the Turkish Confederation of Persons with Disabilities (EDF observer member), together with UNICEF and other key partners in order to:
 
  • promote a broader understanding of the rights of children, in line with the CRPD;
  • support the establishment of a national coalition of DPOs and NGOs that will advocate for the rights of children with disabilities in the country.
A light was shed on the conditions of refugee children and unaccompanied minors in the country.
EDF will soon provide technical assistance and capacity building to DPOs in Turkey for the preparation of the alternative report to the CRPD Committee.

Learn more about EDF's work on refugees with disabilities here.

24 February 2017 | Skopje

Children with disabilities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM)

Nicola Bertolini, Head of Operations – Delegation of European Union  John Patrick Clarke, EDF Executive Committee Member  Vlado Krstovski, NSIOM Board Member Dusan Neshevski, President NSIOM Elspeth Erickson, Deputy Representative UNICEF CO Idzet Memeti, Chairperson of the Ombudsman Office

More than 80 representatives gathered in Skopje to examine key priorities for advancing the rights of children with disabilities in the country. The representatives came from organisations of persons with disabilities, governmental institutions, service providers and other stakeholders, including the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, the Ombudsman, high representatives from EU Delegation in Skopje, UNICEF and EDF. The conference was organised by the National Council of Disability Organizations of Macedonia (NSIOM), which is an Observer Member of EDF. 
 
Marija Stoilovska, young girl with disabilities said: “For me, even just a simple walk around Skopje is something difficult to do, and I always need someone accompanying me. Accessibility of the built environment should be at the top of the agenda for the national institutions in FYRoM”. 
 
EDF will soon provide technical assistance and capacity building to organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in FYRoM for the preparation of the alternative report to the CRPD Committee.
 

 

27 February 2017 | Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

Children with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the lens of the UN CRPD

Audience members

The conference was organised by the Information Centre for persons with disability "Lotos". It had two main purposes: a) to better understand the concept of inclusion, and b) to identify obstacles to the full participation in society of children with disabilities, towards the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities. 

Additionally, a specific session focused on the unity of the disability movement in BiH that, in congruence with EDF, aspires to forge stronger alliances among people representing different groups of persons with disabilities. The session included how to effectively streamline their advocacy efforts for children with disabilities in this country.
 
EDF has recently provided technical assistance and capacity building to organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in BiH for the preparation of the answers to the list of issues, the alternative report, and the briefing meetings to the CRPD Committee.
 
 

1 March 2017 | Albania

Children with disabilities in Albania through the lens of the UN CRPD

Audience members
The conference was organised by the Albanian National Council of Disabled Persons (ANCDP), which is an Observer Member of EDF. It was timely to further reinforce the coordinated assistance provided by international partners to empower the organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), to strengthen their organisational capacities, and to develop their expertise in new models on disability.
 
EDF will soon provide technical assistance and capacity building to DPOs in Albania for the preparation of the alternative report to the CRPD Committee.

To see more about Albania's reporting status to the CRPD Committee, visit the UN's website here

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