As the biggest development and humanitarian aid donor in the world, the European Union (EU) is in a prime position to address the ongoing social exclusion and segregation of children, adults and older persons with disabilities in long-stay residential institutions. Despite the adoption and broad ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), including by the EU, persons with disabilities around the world continue experiencing institutionalisation, poverty, denial of education and exclusion.
The purpose of the webinar is to launch the report “Role of the European Union funding in supporting deinstitutionalisation around the world: A Call for Change” as well as discuss with guests on the results of the report. The aim of the report is to:
- Look at whether the EU, through its external action funding, supported the process of deinstitutionalisation during 2014 – 2020.
- Recommendations on changes which should be considered to ensure that funding provided by the EU improves opportunities for persons with disabilities of all ages to enjoy their right to live independently and to be included in the community.
Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Presentation of the report
Ines Bulic Cojocariu, Deputy Director, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)
Moderator: Marion Steff, International Cooperation Manager, European Disability Forum (EDF)
- Gunta Anca, General Secretary, European Disability Forum
- Jorge Manhique, Marie – Curie Research Fellow, Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE)
- Dragana Ciric Milovanovic, Europe Regional Director, Disability Rights International
- Dwi Ariyani, Disability Rights Fund
- Ketevan Khomeriki & Giorgi Dzneladze, Centre for Independent Living, Georgia
This meeting will have real-time captioning (in English), and interpretation in International Sign.
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