Social inclusion of children with disabilities

Protecting children from violence and promoting social inclusion of children with disabilities in Western Balkans & Turkey

In 2016, UNICEF teamed with EDF within the framework of the IPA funded project “Protecting children from violence and promoting social inclusion of children with disabilities in Western Balkans and Turkey”.

The three-year action seeks to empower civil society to better monitor the realisation of children’s rights, to promote inclusive and innovative services, increase public support for the protection of children from violence and social inclusion of children with disabilities in the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM), Serbia and Turkey.

Together with its members and partner organisations of persons with disabilities in the region, and thanks to its long-lasting involvement in Western Balkans and Turkey, EDF will allow for a systematic and consistent way to directly engage with persons and children with disabilities, through their representative organisations, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

The following are the main initiatives EDF is currently performing in the project countries:

  • Give technical assistance and informed advisory inputs into all Region initiatives related to disability;

  • Provide capacity building actions to promote the implementation of the UN CRPD in all project countries and the involvement of children with disabilities;

  • Continue to support coalition building at Country level.

Long-term goals in the region:

  • Strengthen the capacities of National umbrella organizations of persons with disabilities in monitoring and reporting on human rights and advocating for children’s rights;

  • Sustain the efforts to improve primary and secondary legislation that promotes social inclusion of children with disabilities;

  • Contribute to formalize and consolidate the network of DPOs in the region;

  • Give new vigour to the cooperation between the region and the European community.

In the framework of the project, several seminars have taken place in the project countries. Find out more about the seminars of the project here.

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