This project is funded by the European Union - Bridging the Gap
On 29 December 2020, the National Conference for the Validation of the 2021 - 2025 National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SN - 3PH) and its Action Plan for 2021 - 2023 was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The event was organised by the National Multisectoral Council for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COMUD/H) in the context of its 2020 Annual Session.
Ethiopia celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities from 25 to 27 December 2020 in the city of Bahir Dar at an event organised by the Federation of Ethiopian Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FEAPD), the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Amhara Regional Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BOLSA) with the support of Bridging the Gap. At the event, Bridging the Gap received two distinctions from the Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs of the Amhara Region, one for its work in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the region and another for contributing to the organization of this celebration.
From 14-18 December, Bridging the Gap team in Ethiopia conducted a four-day Training of Facilitators (ToF) on disability mainstreaming for World Food Programme staff in Ethiopia to increase its capacity to deliver cascade Disability Equality Training (DET) in all WFP's areas.
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.