COUNCIL OF EUROPE: DISABLED WOMEN AND GIRLS, WHICH RIGHTS?

"Disabled women and girls may often face several obstacles in taking part in society, because of a double discrimination: sex and disability". It has been stated in the Action Plan of the Council of Europe for 2006-2015, promoting the rights of the disabled and their full participation in society. The document is to be adopted in the forty-seven member States of the Council of Europe. The international organization established in 1949 actually called a conference on these subjects on a continental level. Such conference is taking place in Léon, Spain, on 12-13 February. Spain is currently holding the presidency of the COE. "The conference – it is said in a note by the presidency – will focus on two issues of fundamental importance for disabled women: training and employment. Moreover, the event aims at promoting the carrying out of the Action Plan of the Council of Europe on the rights of the disabled 2006-2015, as well as the acknowledgement and the adoption of the Convention of the United Nations on the rights" of the disabled. Representatives of the COE, member States, civil society, the association world and the academic world took part in the initiative.

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