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Officials from the Paraguayan administration trained on implementing inclusive websites October 13, 2020

On 8 October, 32 members of different state bodies in charge of Paraguay's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) departments participated in an online training session on accessible websites organised by Bridging the Gap through its implementing agency in Paraguay, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID).

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Burkina Faso advances in the development of the Action Plan for the implementation of the National Disability Strategy September 30, 2020

From 22 to 26 September, a workshop was held in Ouagadougou to prepare the draft Action Plan 2021-2023 for the implementation of Burkina Faso’s National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The activity was organised by Bridging the Gap and the Burkina Faso National Multisectoral Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COMUD/H), under the direction of the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity, the Family and Humanitarian Action.

Tesfu Equbeyonas at a Bridging the Gap conference in Brussels He is sitting and wearing a jacket with the ODS logo
In memory of Tesfu Equbeyonas September 17, 2020

At the end of August our dear colleague and friend Tesfu Equbeyonas passed away untimely and suddenly, leaving a deep void in the Bridging the Gap team and in the disability rights movement in Ethiopia. Pia Korpinen, Bridging the Gap coordinator in Ethiopia, writes some words to remember him as the kind, cheerful and committed person he was.

Beneficiary countries

Burkina Faso - Ecuador - Ethiopia - Paraguay -Sudan

Burkina Faso - Ecuador - Ethiopia - Paraguay - Sudan

Bridging the Gap II operates in five partner countries. The focus is on strengthening the capacities of governments, national human rights institutions and organisations of persons with disabilities with diverse yet intertwined sector approaches:

  • Burkina Faso: Universal access to healthcare
  • Ecuador: Inclusive education
  • Ethiopia: Livelihoods and social protection
  • Paraguay: Data generation and their use in inclusive education
  • Sudan: Universal access to employment

The five areas correspond to specific articles of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the international instrument for the protection of the rights and promotion of the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Newsletter #10

October 2020

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