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Ms Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities launched recently a questionnaire on disability-inclusive policies, in English, French and Spanish. The deadline to reply is 15 May 2016.
In addition, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is preparing a study on article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The deadline to reply is 30 June 2016.
Österreichweite Konferenz für junge Frauen mit Behinderungen
14. – 15.05.2016 in Salzburg
Ziel der österreichweiten Konferenz ist es, junge Frauen mit Behinderungen im Alter zwischen 12 – 26 Jahren zu bestärken, ihren Wünschen und Bedürfnissen Ausdruck zu verleihen und einen Austausch zu ermöglichen – kurz, Empowering für Privat- und Berufsleben zu betreiben!
Die Teilnehmerinnen erwartet ein abwechslungsreiches Programm:
Am Samstag und Sonntag ist Zeit, mal was Neues auszuprobieren – in zahlreichen Workshopangeboten (Dance Ability – Wer atmen kann, kann tanzen!, Ich kann mich durch setzen – Selbstbehauptung, Deine Stimme wirkt, Wilde kleine Frau – ich forme mich selbst, Ich bin schön – Wohlfühlnachmittag, Mein Körper – mein bester Freund, ganz Mädchen – ganz Frau, Singen ist Leben…) und einer Tanznacht setzen sie sich damit auseinander, wie es sich anfühlt, im eigenen Körper zuhause zu sein, mit allen Sinnen wahrzunehmen und welche Möglichkeiten es gibt, um ein positives Körpergefühl beizubehalten…
„Körper- und Selbstbewusst“ präsentieren die jungen Frauen am Sonntag Nachmittag zum Abschluss das, was sie in den Workshops erarbeitet haben und was ihre Wünsche und Forderungen sind, ihren Freunden und Freund-innen, Eltern, LehrerInnen…. Es sind auch PolitikerInnen da, die wissen wollen, was für sie wichtig ist – privat und beruflich.
Work is essential for realizing other human rights and it forms an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Employment of persons with disabilities is about the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.
Hence, the Zero Project 2017 is focusing on Work, Employment, and Vocational Education and Training, and our call for nominating innovative policies has just been launched!
Any type of policy can be nominated, concerning:
any form of work (employment, own-use production work, volunteer work, trainee work),
any status of employment (employees, employers, own-account workers, members of producers’ cooperatives, contributing family workers and other) and
all phases of employment (including recruitment, hiring and employment, advancement and conditions of work), including those innovations that facilitate the transition from segregated settings to forms of employment in the open labour market.
Consider, for instance, policies concerning:
the transition from school to work,
technical andvocational guidance,
placement services and assistance in finding, obtaining, maintaining and returning to employment,
vocational and continuing training, inclusive apprenticeships,
adaptations to the workplace, job design, tools, machinery and work organisation,
self-employment, entrepreneurship, cooperatives and starting one’s own business,
financial incentives and tax exemptions,
just and favourable working conditions,
part-time employment and other job arrangements,
coordination with other services (e.g. embedding employment specialists in clinical treatment teams),
disability-inclusive social security or
certification of companies.
You know about an outstanding policy? Nominate it!
If selected, the nomination will be included as an “Innovative Policy 2017” in the Zero Project Report and on our Website. Nominated organizations as well as their nominators will be invited to become part of the Zero Project expert network. Moreover, representatives of the most outstanding Innovative Policies will be invited to present at the Zero Project Conference in February 2017 in Vienna (Austria).
We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!
ENIL Youth Network’s study session on sexuality and relationships that finished only some days ago,
the General Day of Discussion held by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 19th April, at which disability organisations, human rights groups, researchers and others came together at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the States’ obligations under Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and much more.
The Zero Project team in Geneva, responsible for policy research and conference organisation, and under the lead of the World Future Council, is looking for a new full-time trainee that would provide similar great support as given by Pierre Al-Hammoud, who was with us since June 2015 and who left the team at the end of April 2016:
Academic background, preferably in international relations, political sciences or law
Good understanding of human rights issues and disability policy
Excellent communication skills in English. Language skills in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic and/or Chinese are an asset.
Good IT literacy and organizational skills. WordPress experience is an asset.
Having a direct experience of disability or with persons with disabilities is an asset
Outgoing personality with a ‘can-do’ attitude
Ability to work both independently and as part of an international team
Be reliable and capable of paying close attention to detail
Be committed to the WFC’s vision and mission of long-term sustainability and equity
Swiss or EU nationality is required
The WFC Foundation offers the trainee CHF 750 per month. The WFC is an equal opportunities employer and encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a CV and work sample as well as your skype contact details to the Zero Project Head of Policy Research and Conference Organisation: Ms Ingrid Heindorf, Ingrid.firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject heading: Human Rights Trainee and your name. Deadline: 18 May 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
It is universally recognized that the period of early childhood is one of the most important phases for the development and well-being of any child. The intimate contact between mother and child will significantly shape the child’s future disposition, and early diagnosis of any deviation becomes paramount for dedicated care.
Habitat III will take place in wonderful city of Quito Ecuador from 17th to 20th October this year. This is going to be one of the most important global forums to follow up the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda. The conference is going to result in a new global framework: the New Urban Agenda and this will give us the future direction of urbanization across the world.
We have been contributing to this process leading to Habitat III by organizing the Nairobi conference which took place last year; we also collaborated with the UN Habitat Secretariat to organize a number of events and panel discussions relating to disability inclusion and urban development. We are also collecting good practices with the Zero Project with all of you and with the Secretariat to advance the accessible and disability inclusive urban agenda, so that we can compile the information, compile all the progress that has been made in in terms of promoting an accessible and inclusive urban agenda. From the policy standpoint this issue of disability inclusion and accessibility has been codified in major international instruments and General Assembly resolutions and other international commitments.
For example the convention itself the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities establishes accessibility as a precondition for persons with disabilities to enjoy all the human rights and to meaningfully participate in society and development. This has been reiterated again at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on disability and development that took place in 2013.
The International Committee recognized that accessibility is one of the top priority issues for any aspect of inclusive development. The 2030 Development Agenda itself, especially its Goal 11 of the Development Targets, refer to disability and accessibility.
The key question before us is: How can we transfer those international commitments into national and urban policy and practices to ensure that that development is inclusive of all people including persons with disabilities?
The UN has been actively promoting inclusive development as an integral part of its original mandate in the field of disability, including in urban contexts. But our studies have found that the barriers or lack of accessibility have been a major obstacle to the achievement of inclusive and sustainable development.
The upcoming Habitat III conference will be able to do offer us a great and very unique opportunity to fill the gap between commitment and practice. The outcome document of Habitat III will be drafted by the PrepCom (Preparatory Committees) on the basis of inputs from regional and thematic consultations as well as contributions from the policy units. The preparatory conference will be convened in Mai, June and July in 2016 to draft the outcome document. The outcome, the final agreement will take place at the third PrepCom meeting in Jakarta/Indonesia from 25th to 27th July 2016.
I would just like to mention that there will be consultations with major groups and stakeholders in the coming months and please also keep yourselves updated in terms of when those major groups and stakeholders consultations take place through Habitat III website.
We are now at that critical and historical moment when Habitat III is to discuss and develop a new global agenda for the next two decades. Let us work together to make sure that any aspect of the process leading to the Habitat III conference will be accessible and also will be inclusive.
In other words: Persons with disabilities and their partners in promoting accessibility and inclusive development should be an integral part of the mainstream discussion of the international community as to how we can create an inclusive and accessible environment for new urban development agenda. I look forward to working with you very closely and I hope that we will be able to make a difference such as in the Sendai framework and that we will be celebrating yet another success by early 2017.
Akiko Ito is the Chief of the Secretariat of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA/DSPD).
This commentary is taken from the video statement given by Ms. Ito at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna, February 10, 2016.
This new digital resource which will help enable businesses to learn how organisations have made the leap from a ‘tick the box’ attitude to accessibility, to one which seeks to innovate, inspire and engage.
A research was also commissioned by Barcklays in order to mesure the level of accessibility of 500 companies in the UK, and you can find the full findings here.
Our partner Light for the World is currently looking for an International Director Communications. The person will be part of their International Management Team and will be responsible for an overarching communications strategy. The place of work is flexible, working language is English.
Interested candidates may also apply via their webpage: http://www.light-for-the-world.org/take-action/engage/
With 516 participants from more than 70 countries and with 35 sessions, engaging 198 speakers, the Zero Project Conference 2016 on Inclusive Education and ICT was a wonderful climax of 5 years of collective efforts.
Moreover, the event was hosted once again by the United Nations Office in Vienna from 10 till 12 February 2016 – our special thanks therefore go to UNOV and the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs for their great support.