ONLINE EVENT SERIES: Advancing the right to family life for all children

Join the online event series we are co-hosting on September 7 and 8 as part of Reflections, practices and call to action in advance of the CRC’s Committee Day of General Discussion on children’s rights and alternative care

Group homes for children with disabilities? Disability rights perspectives. Symposium

September 7th 2021

14:30 to 16:00 CET/8:30 am to 10 am EDT

Sponsored and hosted by University of Leeds, UK

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14:35 – Welcome and Housekeeping – University of Leeds
14:40 – Opening Remarks – Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability
14:50 – Shared Vision of Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Angharad Beckett, University of Leeds
15:20 – Perspective from a Young Person with a Disability – speakers to be confirmed
15:30 – Panel Discussion featuring sponsoring organizations

French interpretation, International Sign and captioning will be available

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A Call to Action to protect the right to family life and prevent institutionalization for all children. Challenges and solutions

September 8th 2021

16:00 to 17:30 CET/10 am to 11:30 am EDT

Hosted by Disability Rights International and US International Council on Disability

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16:05 – Welcome and Housekeeping – Isabel Hodge, US International Council on Disability
16:15 – Urgent Need for Action – Eric Rosenthal, Disability Rights International
16:30 – The Human Rights and Policy Imperative – Amalia Gamio, UN CRPD Committee
16:40 – Keeping Families Together – Fatma Wangare, Kenya Association of the Intellectually Handicapped
16:50 – Parental Rights of Mothers with Disabilities – Eunice Diaz, Mexican self-advocate
17:00 – Experience from Bulgaria – Kapka Panayotova, Center for Independent Living – Sofia, European Network on Independent Living
17:10 – Discussion and Concluding Remarks – Connie Laurin-Bowie, Inclusion International

Spanish interpretation, International Sign and captioning will be available

Read and Endorse the Call to Action here.

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