European Parliament organises its first Disability Rights Week
First Disability Rights Week. From 27 November to 4 December, the Week aims to raise awareness and enhance the public debate to ensure all people with disabilities can exercise their rights.
Organised around the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, the Disability Rights Week will see several parliamentary committees voting, debating and holding events regarding disability policies.
Among the many events, the Development Committee will discuss access to education and training in developing countries on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Petitions Committee will hold its annual workshop on the rights of persons of disabilities.
On his own, the Transport Committee will discuss barriers in the fields of transport and tourism, while the Human Rights Subcommittee will debate the rights of persons with disabilities in conflict and post-conflict situations.
The Employment and Social Affairs Committee will hold several events, including an exchange of views on the European Disability Card and European Parking Card. On Wednesday afternoon, there will be a joint hearing with the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee on “Harmful practices in the EU towards women and girls with disabilities”. A meeting with members of national parliaments on the participation of people with disabilities in the electoral process is also planned for 4 December.