European Commission and the International Disability and Development Consortium
(IDDC) come together today to kick off the European Disability and Development
Week 2019, with the launch of IDDC photo exhibition “Together for Inclusion!
#EDDW19”, hosted by DEVCO.
The exhibition showcases 10 photographs of children, women and men with disabilities in low- and middle- income countries who have broken down some barriers to enjoy their rights to work, education, health, culture, leisure, friendship, highlighting the importance of disability-inclusion.
With 15% of
the world population living with some form of disability, it is of utmost
importance to allow persons with disabilities to fully participate in all
spheres of life, in order to respect their rights and achieve sustainable
development as outlined in the Agenda 2030. The pledge to leave no one behind can
only be addressed if groups among the most marginalized, such as persons with
disabilities, are not taken into account at every step of the design,
implementation, and monitoring of development action.
context, the EU renewed its European Consensus for Development in 2017, in
which it further integrated disability rights and inclusion. Through its
development cooperation action too, the EU thrives to fulfill its obligations
under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
initiatives at global and European levels testify of a stronger focus on the
rights of persons with disabilities in development and humanitarian processes.
But challenges remain immense including changing the mindset, changing policies
and strengthening civil society especially organisations of persons with disabilities.
During the European Disability and Development Week, many events are organised across Europe to raise awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities, and disability inclusion in development, as well as to foster dialogues amongst policy-makers, civil society organisations and other interested stakeholders.