On 9th and 10th March 2017, Equinet and the Croatian Office of the Ombudswoman for Persons with Disabilities co-organised a capacity-building seminar on Equality bodies tackling discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities. The event took place in Zagreb, Croatia.
Discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities touches upon many areas of life. Despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by 27 EU Member States and the European Union itself, challenges in legislation and practice remain for persons with intellectual disabilities.
Several national and international reports highlight these challenges, such as legal capacity, political participation, the right to independent living, or the specific situation of women with intellectual disabilities. Specific reports and data focusing on persons with intellectual disabilities in Europe are however rare.
The majority of Equinet members have a mandate to address discrimination on the ground of disability. In 2014, the Perspective “Realising Rights. Equality bodies and people with disabilities. Supporting the review of the European Union Disability Strategy 2010-2020” revealed that 7 of them undertook specific activities to engage persons with intellectual disabilities in their work. This includes for instance delivering self-advocacy training, producing awareness raising tools about their rights and engaging with non-governmental organisations advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities.
Given the specific situation of persons with intellectual disabilities and the numerous challenges they face on the ground of disability and on other grounds of discrimination, there is a strong potential and demand from Equinet membership to build their capacity in this area.
The main objective of the Seminar was to build individual capacity of equality bodies’ staff members to address discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities.
In particular, the Seminar aimed to:
Chair: Evelyn Collins, Chair of the Equinet Executive Board and Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Chair: Jessica Machacova, Membership & Policy Officer, Equinet Secretariat
A summary of the main learnings and conclusions of the Seminar is available here:
The agenda of the Seminar is available here:
Agenda PWID Seminar March 2017
|Equality bodies tackling discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities, Zagreb, 9-10 March 2017|