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Participants at the conference on inclusive employment

Promoting equal opportunities to decent work

Work and employment have a huge impact in our lives and are linked to the ability to live independently and make our own choices in life. According to Eurostat, more than half of the population of persons with disabilities in the European Union (EU) are unemployed. In fact, experts who took part it our conference on 18 February 2017 in Malta stated that these Eurostat figures are too optimistic as many people with disabilities who are unemployed are totally invisible from the statistics

Women with disabilities even face a double discrimination both on the grounds of their gender and on the grounds of disability. EDF Women’s Committee Chair, Ana Pelaez, underlined that for every four jobs made available to persons with disabilities in Spain, only one is for women, and women with disabilities are often in the most poorly paid, insecure jobs.  

Being excluded from the right to work and employment on the grounds of disability is a clear violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) that the EU and all its Member States -except Ireland- have ratified. According to article 27 of the CRPD, governments must recognize the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others without discrimination. 

Our conference in Malta aimed at bringing together a range of interested partners including our member organisations of persons with disabilities from all over Europe, as well as representatives of the European institutions and the Maltese government in order to discuss this fundamental right. At the same time, the conference gave the opportunity to various organisations which are leading projects on employment for persons with disabilities to present them to the participants.

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