Our committees & expert groups

Human Rights and Non Discrimination | Social Policy and Inclusion | Women’s Committee | Youth Committee

In order to have a full involvement of members and a balanced representation of all categories of disabilities, EDF set up different structures to support it's work. These structures allow us to have expertise and different view points in different thematic areas.

Committees

EDF’s Committees are established for 4 years with a midterm review after 2 years. We currently have four Committees:

Human Rights and Non Discrimination

The Human Rights and Non Discrimination Committee ensures that national and European leaders are closely involved in, and are fully informed about our work on human rights, equality, non-discrimination and especially on the United Nations Convention onf the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It also provides a platform during and between meetings to exchange information and good practices on implementation of the UN CRPD and other international human rights treaties such as UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination of Women and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and equality legislation at the national level.

Learn more about the ongoing work of the Committee here

Social Policy and Inclusion Committee

The Committee on Social Policy and Inclusion has the objective to effectively contribute to EDF’s work on social and employment policy and supports its members by providing expertise on social rights, including the right to work and employment, social protection and full inclusion in society. The Committee shall also serve as a network for exchanges of information and experiences, and to support the members amongst each other.

Learn more about the work of the Social Policy and Inclusion Committee here

Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee’s role is to mainstream gender in all EDF policies and documents, to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls with disabilities and to work towards the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in society. The Committee ensures that our work takes into account the perspective of women and girls with disabilities.

Learn more about the work of the Committee here

Youth Committee

TheYouth Committee is the voice of young people with disabilities inside EDF. Its role is to ensure that EDF's work takes into account the perspective of young people with disabilities but also to represent young people with disabilities in both EDF and external events.

Learn more about the work of the Committee here

Email expert groups

The EDF e-mail expert groups play the important role in shaping EDF position on specific issues, and provide a source of shared learning and support within the EDF membership. In particular, e-mail expert groups will be requested to give inputs on on-going issues within the EDF work programme, or unexpected issues that might need immediate input from the experts.

The email expert groups are focusing on the Following working areas.

  • built environment,
  • information and communication technology,
  • standardisation,
  • transport,
  • persons with disabilities requiring more intensive support
  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
  • SDG & International Cooperation
  • Refugees and Migrants with disabilities
  • Task Force on the Accessibility Act (temporary)
  • Council of Europe