This project is funded by the European Union - Bridging the Gap
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.
The Prime Minister of Sudan, Dr Abdalla Hamdock, participated in a brainstorming session on the National Constitutional Conference held by the Sudanese NGO Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO) on 12 September with the support of Bridging the Gap. This event, hosted in the Presidential Friendship Hall in Khartoum, is the first national gathering on the preparation for the Constitutional Conference scheduled to be convened by the Government at the end of the transition period.
On 19 July, Bridging the Gap launched an awareness campaign in Sudan to disseminate measures to prevent and contain the COVID-19 pandemic and to raise awareness of the need to make these measures inclusive for persons with disabilities.
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.