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  • EDF representatives visit Indian DPOs as part of EU funded project

    28.11.2019 From the 19th to 22rd November 2019, delegates from EDF met with DPO representatives working at grassroots level in India, more specifically in the State of Rajasthan, supported by Sightsavers India and other project partners. This visit was part of the European Commission supported project ‘Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals: Empowering Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs)’. This was a fantastic opportunity to receive information on the progress made at grassroots level by DPOs and learn more about the positive impact the project has had for the daily of persons with...
    EDF, DPO and government representatives planting a tree in front of Resource Centre in Dungarpur, 22/11/2019
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  • How many persons with disabilities live in the EU?

    28.11.2019 The most current and accurate estimate points at over 100 million persons with disabilities living in the European Union, which includes 99 million persons according to the EU-SILC survey of 2016 and 1 million persons estimated to be segregated in residential institutions and therefore not represented in the survey. Problems with estimates Due to the lack of disaggregated and comparative census data we can only provide estimates. Some EU countries do not ask about disability in their census, and among those who do, there are different questions and ways of establishing disabilities. We...
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  • 5 reasons why the EU should ratify the Istanbul Convention

    25.11.2019 On the World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are calling on the European Union (EU) and its countries to protect all women and girls with disabilities from violence and abuse, including forced sterilization by ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Violence against women threatens the security of half of the population in the EU, affecting over 250 million women and girls, having life-long implications for their physical and mental health. Women with disabilities are 2 to 5 times more likely to be...
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  • Did EU know? Council Documents

    25.11.2019 As we mentioned in one of our previous articles in the "Did EU know..." series, the Council of the European Union (short "the Council") is not the most transparent of the three main EU institutions. In contrary, it can be a real chore to find the relevant documents and information about the status of the negotiations. We often compare the Council to a "black hole" - as long as the Commission and the Parliament are concerned, the information is public and relatively easy to access. But as soon as the decision-making procedure reaches the stage of the Council, things get more difficult and we...
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  • Did EU know? Infringement Procedures

    25.11.2019 If an EU Member State does not apply EU rules correctly or breaks them, this is called an infringement of EU law. The EU, and more specifically the Secretariat-General of the European Commission, can investigate those cases where EU rules have been broken. The official procedure is then called an "infringement procedure". It is a tool to enforce EU law and can be seen as a "punishment" by the EU to make sure Member States follow the rules correctly. Recent cases have for example been launched against Bulgaria, Germany, and Ireland for failing to correctly follow the EU's Directive on...
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  • Act now: advocate for more accessible audio-visual media

    21.11.2019 Today, we are launching the “toolkit for transposition” of the Audio-visual Media Services Directive. This document outlines how you can use the Directive to demand stronger national laws that guarantee more accessible audiovisual media, such as TV programs and streaming “on-demand” content. It will also help you ensure strong laws prohibiting discriminatory and hateful speech towards persons with disabilities. Finally, it will help you in making sure the national laws are actually respected by broadcasters and other media providers This toolkit should be used by disability advocates working...
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  • Statement: We strongly condemn the appalling human rights violations in the Pliskiv Psychoneurological Institution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine

    18.11.2019 The European Network of (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) and the European Disability Forum strongly condemn the abuse and severe human rights violations of the residents of the Pliskiv Psychoneurological Residential Institution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, recently uncovered by activists of the organisation “USER”. The disturbing footage collected by activists exposed practices that should never happen to any person: residents, all who are persons with psychosocial and other disabilities, were kept locked up in a dark, cold room, completely naked irrespective of their gender and age...
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  • Joint Letter: The European Disability Strategy and International Cooperation- input from the Global and Regional Umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities

    14.11.2019 To: Mr Joost Korte Director-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) CC Ms Emmanuelle Grange, Head of Unit Disability and Social Inclusion (DG EMPL) Mr Koen Doens, Director-General International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) Mr Christian Danielsson, Director-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) Ms Monique Pariat, Director-General European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) Ms Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary-General European External Action Service (EEAS) Brussels, November 13th 2019 Ref. EDF-019-78 RE: Joint...
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  • Our board meeting: accessibility policies, inclusive humanitarian action, ending forced treatment and coercion

    13.11.2019 The Board meeting of EDF took place on the 8 and 9 November in Helsinki, Finland. Representatives of the European Disability movement also had the opportunity to meet with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne on Friday, 7 November. 132 delegates from the disability movement across Europe gathered in Helsinki during the Finnish Presidency of the EU. The board meeting was preceded by the “Seminar on accessibility of transport and built environment for persons with disabilities”. The seminar concluded with a resolution which highlights important next steps to effectively promote accessibility in...
    View of participânts during the afternoon of the meeting
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  • EDF Resolution: calling for full accessibility of transport and built environment in the EU

    13.11.2019 adopted by the Board of Directors of the European Disability Forum - Helsinki, Finland, 9-10 November 2019 Beyond the European Accessibility Act Accessibility is far more than a technical issue. The exercise of all our rights – independent living, participation, freedom of choice and movement - depends on accessibility. This makes accessibility a profound political and human rights issue. Accessibility ensures that children with disabilities can be seen playing with all other children, that all persons with disabilities can live, work, go shopping, study and take part in leisure activities...
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