Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Zero Project wants to remind that women with disability also suffer this sort of discrimination and violence.
As highlighted by the European Disability Forum, women and girls with disabilities are, as a matter of fact more exposed to violence than women without disabilities. In many cases, it is not made possible for them to be protected from violence or to have access to justice, because they are deprived of their legal capacity and someone else decides for them; this legal representative or ‘guardian’ could be the perpetrator of the violence.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) clearly recognises under article 6 that “women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination” and that states should take measures to address this issue.
In the process of doing so, the Austrian Ninlil organisation, one of the Innovative Practices 2016, is tackling this problem by preventing violence against women with learning difficulties or multiple disabilities. It aims to prevent bullying and fights sexual violence against women with learning difficulties by organizing seminars to work towards empowering these women.
Click here for more information about the Ninlil organisation.
Die UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York) wählte das von Q8 initiierte und begleitete Forum Eine Mitte für Alle in Hamburg Altona als einziges deutsches von insgesamt 24 internationalen Best-Practice-Beispielen im Themenfeld „Barrierefreiheit und Inklusive Stadtteilentwicklung“ aus.
Das Forum wurde nicht nur im Rahmen der Publikation mit den weltweiten Best-Practice-Projekten aufgenommen, sondern wurde auch auf der UN-Habitat-Konferenz in Quito, Ecuador vor internationalem Publikum vorgestellt.
Die internationale Anerkennung hat inzwischen auch hier in den Medien Niederschlag gefunden: Das Hamburger Abendblatt berichtete dazu unter der Überschrift: „Vereinte Nationen: Eine Mitte für Alle ist Vorzeige-Quartier“.Und beim NDR Hamburg Journal lief ein Fernsehbericht, in dem Teilnehmende am Forumsprozess mit ihren Erfahrungen und zu den ersten baulichen Entwicklungen im neuen Stadtteil in Hamburg Altona zu Wort kommen.
Pakistan-based social enterprise doctHERs was felicitated at Wednesday’s Global Goals Awards in New York for improving the lives of women and children across Pakistan. The Zero Project team is very proud and congratulates sincerely the excellent team of doctHERs for this deserved award!
doctHERs is a social enterprise that connects female doctHERs to millions of underserved patients in real-time while leveraging technology. Through a unique business model, doctHERs provides access to affordable, quality healthcare in Pakistan to a subset of the “missing middle” population that is not served by conventional healthcare providers. Out of this missing middle, 80% of doctHERs clients include women and children of the designated/target communities devoid of any access to healthcare facilities.
doctHERs Co- Founder and COO Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram received the award in New York. The ceremony was held to honour champions of girls’ and women’s rights. In her very own words: “As a female doctHER, I was extremely exciting to talk about health condition in Pakistan and role of female doctors in front of noted guests and Sustainable development Goal advocates such as Melinda Gates Foundation, Paul Pauman-CEO Unilever, Jacqueline Novogratz CEO Acumen Foundation, Chris Anderson – TED, representatives from United Nations, Richard Curtis and many more. I received the award from none other than Chris Anderson of TED! Thank you Spring, CEO Spring Ramona, Zia Imran for showing the confidence in us and recommending us for the award.”
Our Innovative Practice 2014, Hamburg’s citizens forum for all (Bürgerforum „Eine Mitte für Alle“), will meet again on 15th September 2016 to discuss the topic of social infrastructure, in order to make visible its key features, to incentivize cooperation and to explore potential gaps.
In cooperation with the relevant authority the forum has also elaborated criteria for the controlling of accessibility and inclusion projects, which will be presented and discussed.
Due to the international attention the forum has received since receiving our award in 2014, its staff has now published a translation of its working paper “Objectives and Steps for Inclusive Urban Planning Mitte Altona”, which can be accessed here.
Do you know about F123? We reported about them in 2013. The Project F123 enables access to educational and employment opportunities through free and open source assistive technologies. It recently developed the F123 Access, a software that reformats web pages to make them more accessible and convenient for persons who are blind and use screen-reading software.
As well, do you know what is “OGO”? It is this revolutionary wheelchair that allows you to move without your hand, by using just your body weight and gravity.
You are an educational professional? Don’t miss out on UNESCO’s online discussion on Inclusion and TVET in the context of lifelong learning that started last week and check out the programme of the forthcoming conference on Universal Design in Education in Dublin.
UNESCO online discussion on Inclusion and TVET
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites you to participate in an online discussion “Inclusive Technical and Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) in the context of Lifelong Learning – Skills for Work and Life: Empowering people with disabilities”, organized in partnership with the European Network on Inclusive Education & Disability (incluD-ed).
The online discussion started last Friday (29 October) and will go on the next three weeks, until the 18 November, 2015, around the following themes:
(1) Advancing inclusive and equitable access to TVET (week 1).
(2) Improving quality and relevance in TVET to support transitions (week 2).
(3) Transforming TVET for inclusive and sustainable societies (week 3).
To access the online discussion please follow the link to the discussion!
The conference will showcase the “best in class” teaching practices of Universal Design from Ireland and internationally and provide educators with practical skills and resources to start teaching Universal Design. It will be of interest to educational professionals within universities and institutes of higher education at third and fourth level.
Selected among the most innovative practices by the Zero Project in its 2015 report, “the Employer model” is continuing to spread across Germany. They initiated many project in 2015, like an online course for managing assistants. If you want to know more about them, they invite you at an event the 15th of September in the city of Mainz, Germany.
Julia Heineck, a social lawyer, will talk about her experience of the employer model. The participation is free, as is the snack and glass of wine. Questions are welcomed.
If you decide to go, you will find all the practical information you need on the facebook event page.
The Next Steps Project – a Zero Project Innovative Practice 2015 – is a community of learning of 23 member organisations of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies who provide individualized support to people with intellectual disabilities so that they can live a life of their choosing. Notably, the project supports people to move from congregated settings into community-based settings.
To celebrate and recognise the people who have been sharing these changes an event took place on 28 May 2015 in Tullamore, Ireland, for all of the participants – self advocates, families and staff members. At the event each of the self-advocates who participated, or their family members, were presented with their certificate from the Zero Project award.
Neben der Zugänglichkeit kann jetzt auf Wheelmap.org – eins unserer Innovative Practices 2013 – auch markiert werden, ob ein Ort eine rollstuhlgerechte Toilette hat.
Ein Restaurant kann also den Zugänglichkeits-Status “Voll rollstuhlgerecht” und den Toiletten-Status “Kein rollstuhlgerechtes WC” haben. Oder ein Café den Status “Teilweise Rollstuhlgerecht” und “Rollstuhlgerechtes WC”. So ist die Information zur Toilette klar und deutlich erkennbar. Weitere Informationen und die Kriterien, wann eine Toilette als rollstuhlgerecht gilt, gibt es in diesem Blog Post zum Nachlesen.