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Press release from the Department of Information

STQARRIJA MILL-UFFIĊĊJU TAL-PRESIDENT

Il-Jum Ewropew Għixien Indipendenti 2017

Fl-okkażjoni tal-Jum Ewropew Għixien Indipendenti, li qiegħed jiġi mfakkar għar-raba’ sena, il-President ta’ Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, laqgħet fil-Palazz ta’ Sant’ Anton, lir- rappreżentanti tal-Federazzjoni Maltija ta’ Organizzazzjonijiet Persuni b’Diżabilità, li hija membru tan-“Network Ewropew dwar l-Għixien Indipendenti.”

Huma rreferew għall-artiklu dsatax tal-konvenzjoni tal-Ġnus Magħquda dwar id-drittijiet ta’ persuni b’diżabilità li jitratta dwar għixien indipendenti w inklużjoni fil-komunità. Tkellmu fid-dettal dwar il-ħtieġa ta’ personal assistants biex jipprovdu l-opportunità għall-emanċipazzjoni u l-inklużjoni ta’ persuni b’diżabilità.

Minkejja l-fatt li l-personal assistants huma kkonfermati mill-artiklu dsatax tal-konvenzjoni għad- drittijiet ta’ persuni b’diżabilità f’ħafna pajjiżi Ewropej, fosthom Malta li ffirmaw u rratifikaw il- konvenzjoni, għad m’għandhomx leġiżlazzjoni dwar il-personal assistants.

Il-Federazzjoni spjegat lill-President dwar il-ħtieġa li pajjiżna jgħaddi għal dan il-livell ta’ ħidma biex ikun assigurat li l-inklużjoni tal-persuni b’diżabilità tkun waħda sħiħa u kompluta fis-soċjetà tagħna.

 

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STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

European Independent Living Day 2017

On the occasion of the European Independent Living Day, being observed for the fourth year, the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, welcomed the representatives of the Malta Federation of Organizati

ons Persons with Disability, a member of the European Network on Independent Living, at San Anton Palace.

They referred her to the nineteenth article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability which deals with independent living and inclusion in the community. They spoke in detail about the need for personal assistants to provide the opportunity for empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Despite the fact that personal assistants are confirmed by the nineteenth article of the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in many European countries including Malta who have signed and ratified the convention, they still do not have legislation about personal assistants.

The Federation explained to the President the need for our country to move on this working level to ensure a full and complete inclusion of persons with disabilities in our society.

 

 

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May 2017 –  MFOPD attended the half day seminar on Adult Education and Disadvantaged Groups organised by the Directorate for Lifelong Learning. The challenges being encountered by students with disability and migrants to educate themselves were pointed out and discussed.
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May 2017 – EDF members from all over Europe gathered together in Madrid, Spain for EDF’s Annual General Meeting. MFOPD attended this AGM where the elections for the new Board and Executive Committee took place.

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April 2017 – MFOPD represented Malta at the Campaign “EU Funds for Our Rights” hosted by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) in Bucharest. This campaign focused on the use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to support the right of persons with disability to live in the community, and the current gaps in ensuring that the funds are used for this purpose.

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16 – 19 February 2017

European Conference on Inclusive Workplaces : Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Labour Market.

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 EUSE Council Meeting, European Conference and EDF Council Meeting

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Hosted by the Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability (EDF Representative) and the
Malta Association for Supported Employment (EUSE Representative)

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The aim of the conference was to discuss the best ways to ensure the implementation of Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at EU and national level.

Article 27 indicates that persons with disabilities have the right to work, on an equal basis with others, in an “open, inclusive and accessible” labour market. However, persons with disabilities have a higher unemployment rate than persons without disabilities, which has increased in the past years since the onset of the economic crisis. According to Eurostat and its latest statistics, the employment rate of people with “basic activity difficulties” in the EU 28 in 2011 was 47.3% (almost 20% below that of people without disabilities).

The conference aimed to present the state of play of employment for persons with disabilities in Europe, touching on key issues which facilitate or impeded employment. Practical examples on supported employment will be presented and discussed.

The objectives of the conference were to:

  •   Describe in detail the state of employment of persons with disabilities in theEU using up to date data
  •   Provide participants with an understanding of employment in the labourmarket and key definitions around employment of persons with disabilities inthe framework of the CRPD
  •   Provide participants with practical knowledge on supported employment, andtransitioning from sheltered to supported employment
  •   Provide participants with knowledge on the existing legislation and policies onemployment
    In a first session, participants will learn about the existing legal framework concerning employment and persons with disabilities. This session will also provide data and an analysis of the inclusion in the labour market of persons with disabilities.

In the second session, and building on the projects presented over the break, participants focused on peer learning and exchange between different EDF members and other stakeholders involved in the employment of persons with disabilities. This session was a dynamic panel and on the challenges and opportunities in making the transition to employment in the labour market. Perspectives of business, service provider and DPOs were shared, and EU funding mechanisms which can promote employment were explored.

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January 2017 – NGO’s enrolled with MFOPD met the Committee for Social Affairs to discuss the 50 points on the state of affairs related to the various urgent needs which in the opinion of MFOPD needed to be addressed on a national level for the betterment.
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November 2016 – MFOPD represented Malta at the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights on the topic “Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights” which was organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (as delegated by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. It was hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, and the China University of Political Science and Law. Seminar co-organisers also conducted a panel discussion on “Mainstreaming Disabilities and Human Rights: Sharing Best Practices from Asia and Europeduring the closing plenary session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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