Disability Wales head to Geneva!
Today (11th March) Disability Wales, along with other UK Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s), will be flying out to Geneva ahead of next week’s meeting with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Disabled People.
The delegation have been invited to meet with the Committee after submitting their evidence scrutinising the UK Governments implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The meeting with the Committee will be an opportunity for the DPO’s to lobby and set out the key concerns regarding the implementation of the Convention by the UK Government, ahead of the Committee’s formal examination of the UK’s implantation of the Convention this summer.
This meeting is a great opportunity for us to inform the Committee of the true realities of life as a disabled person in the UK. Over the past year we have been consulting extensively with disabled people, asking them how the government is helping them to live full, independent and meaningful lives. The feedback from disabled people across the UK was worrying!
Disabled people told us how; cuts to welfare benefits are pushing them into poverty, reductions in social care support are preventing them from engaging in their local communities, leading to isolation and poor accessibility is stopping disabled people from using public transport and accessing local services, these are just a few of the barriers disabled people are facing in the UK today.
So you can be included in our visit, we will be posting updates through our social media throughout our time in Geneva, keeping you up to date on our preparations to meet with the Committee including short clips from the delegation.
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