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Time for inclusion! - The European Day of Protest for the Equality of People with Disabilities

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Time for inclusion! - The European Day of Protest for the Equality of People with Disabilities

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Two people throw their hands in the air jubilantly in front of a globe. Colorful stick figures stand all around the globe, hand in hand.

It's time. Time for more inclusion! Next Sunday, May 5, is the annual European Day of Protest for Equality for People with Disabilities. This important Tag is intended to do one thing above all: raise awareness. And that is to raise awareness of the challenges that people with disabilities can face. Of course, the importance of inclusion and equality is also particularly emphasized on this Tag .

 

In Germany in particular, there is still a great need for action when it comes to implementing inclusive measures. This is shown, among other things, by the result of the second review, the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesthe UN CRPD.

 

In school education, employment in workshops and accommodation in large residential facilities, the self-determination of people with disabilities needs to be strengthened much more, there is no independent monitoring body for the protection against violence in facilities, the opportunities for the participation of people with intellectual disabilities are not yet good and many other points.

 

A study by Aktion Mensch even shows that Germany performs significantly worse than other countries when it comes to assessing the progress made in implementing the UN CRPD.

What is the goal?

The main aim of the European Day of Protest is to raise awareness of the rights and needs of people with disabilities and to fight for an inclusive society in which everyone has equal opportunities and possibilities. This includes access to education, work, healthcare, leisure activities and much more, without barriers standing in the way.

 

While the European Day of Protest is often associated with demonstrations, rallies and other forms of activism, there are also numerous celebrations and events that recognize the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities. These range from cultural events and art exhibitions to workshops and information sessions.

A brief history

The European Day of Protest for the Equality of People with Disabilities was first launched in 1992. It was initiated by the German Disability Council and has since been supported by numerous organizations throughout Europe. The date chosen, May 5, is based on the anniversary of the founding of the EU on May 5, 1949.

How can you get involved?

There are many ways to get involved in the European Day of Protest for Equality of People with Disabilities.

 

You can... 

 

... inform you about the challenges that people with disabilities can face and thus deepen your awareness and understanding

 

... take part in a local event 

 

... advocate for inclusive practices in the workplace or community.  

 

Every contribution, no matter how big or small, can make a positive difference.

There is still a widespread lack of awareness of the importance of inclusion in our society. The European Day of Protest for Equality of People with Disabilities is an important opportunity to create and raise awareness, break down barriers and advocate for an inclusive society. A society that values and respects its diversity.

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