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  • Message from Ana Peláez Narváez: Women with disabilities and COVID-19

    24.03.2020 Dear sisters with disabilities in Europe and dear women from the European disability movement, The crisis caused by coronavirus led authorities in many countries to take drastic measures to enforce forced isolation to control the spread and to drastically manage and reinforce healthcare capacity and economic measures. These were measures never seen before, we never thought it would come to this. We, at EDF, are proud of the efforts of the European disability movement and of our partners in humanitarian aid other human rights organisations and want to thank you for your work. We are all...
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  • Race, migratory status and disability

    21.03.2020 The following is an excerpt of our European Human Rights Report - issue 3 Black and Minority Ethnic persons with disabilities Black people with disabilities and people from ethnic minorities with disabilities are often victims of multiple and intersectional discrimination in all areas of life. A report published by the charity BRAP, formerly known as ‘Birmingham Race Action Partnership’, highlights that detention rates in the United Kingdom under the Mental Health Act 1983 are 6% lower than average for white British mental health patients, while they are 32% higher than average for black...
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  • Goodbye Alan Faure

    20.03.2020 It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Alain Faure, former EDF Executive Committee Member and former President of CFHE (Conseil Français des personnes Handicapées pour les questions Européennes). "We send our deepest condolences to Alain’s family and friends and to the French disability movement. Alain was a very important part of the European disability movement. He will be greatly missed by us all. He was a role model in his commitment, his discretion and collaboration. I will personally miss him" - Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF President Alan oversaw significant...
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  • Updated statement: Open letter to leaders at the EU and in EU countries: COVID-19 – Disability inclusive response

    19.03.2020 As the situation continues to develop, we at EDF are adding more measures to our open letter to leaders of the EU and EU countries. The full letter was published on 13 March. Read the added measures below: Make public health communication accessible Ensure all information is in plain language and easy to read Accessible, inclusive, hygienic health services and other facilities Sign language interpreters, personal assistants and all others that support persons with disabilities in emergency and health settings should be given the same health and safety protections as other health care workers...
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  • The inclusion of persons with disabilities in the new EU-Africa strategy proposal – we need more!

    11.03.2020 On the 9th March 2020, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published the proposal for a new EU strategy with Africa. The European Disability Forum (EDF) welcomes the document as it brings a formidable opportunity to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa, with the prospect to supporting youth with disabilities in decent jobs and women with disabilities to be key drivers of sustainable and inclusive changes. However, to really implement and monitor the United Nations Convention on the Rights of...
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  • Sign the petition: Train travel for all

    10.03.2020 Wemove and the European Disability Forum launched the petition “Train Travel for all”. The petition calls on MEP Liberadzski, lead negotiator of the EU Rail Passenger Rights Regulation, to ensure that the law demands better assistance and no need for pre-notification when travelling by train. Support us by signing the petion: English – Train travel for all! Castellano - ¡Todos tenemos derecho a viajar en tren! Deutsch - Bahnfahren für alle! Français - Des trains pour tous ! Italiano - Viaggio in treno per tutti! Polski -Pociągi dla wszystkich!  
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  • EU Gender Equality Strategy: include women with disabilities “from the bedroom to the boardroom”

    09.03.2020 On International Women’s Day, we call on EU Institutions to ensure the rights of women and girls with disabilities are considered in all policies regarding gender equality. We welcome the good example established by the recently published EU Gender Equality Strategy. For the first time, the process to develop the strategy actively involved women with disabilities through their representative organisations and, as a result, it includes important commitments to ensure the rights of women and girls with disabilities. We especially welcome: the recognition that women and girls with disabilities...
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  • Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen discusses disability inclusion in EU international cooperation

    06.03.2020 On Thursday 5th March, representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Abilis Foundation and Bridging the Gap met with European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen. The Commissioner stated her commitment to inclusion and outlined her priorities in terms of international partnership, with actions on youth, and the future strategy with Africa key areas. We emphasised our expectation for a strong EU leadership, and her leadership in particular, in promoting disability inclusive development,...
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  • EU countries must nominate candidates to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    05.03.2020 We are deeply concerned that neither the European Union (EU) nor EU countries have nominated candidates to the upcoming elections of independent experts to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee is an United Nations expert body that monitors the rights of persons with disabilities across the world. While the EU and all its member states have shown unprecedented leadership in human rights by taking part in negotiations and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we now need to ensure the Committee includes EU based experts to...
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  • Joint letter calling for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the next EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024

    04.03.2020 To: Ms Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary-General European External Action Service (EEAS) CC Lotte Knudsen Managing Director, Human Rights, Global & Multilateral Issues (EEAS) Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality Josep Borrell High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission RE: Joint letter calling for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the next EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 Dear Ms Helga Maria Schmid, We would like to acknowledge the strong commitment by the European Union (EU) to...
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