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Bridging the Gap organises an internal webinar on the key measures and tools related to the inclusive response to COVID-19

Marion Steff and Ruth Faber on the screen along with a EDF slide

On July 9, Bridging the Gap held a webinar to support its country teams to sort out and prioritise measures, tools and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic inclusive response and improve their use in the project’s daily practice.

The session consisted of two parts: a first part on the main sources of information and practical tools to ensure an inclusive response to the COVID19 by Marion Steff, International Cooperation Manager at the European Disability Forum (EDF), and a second one on the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) approach to an inclusive response to the pandemic by Ruth Faber, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the European Christian Organisations for Relief and Development (EU-CORD) and member of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) EU task group.

During his intervention, Marion Steff also mentioned the demands made by EDF to the authorities, including the letter to Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Associations, and Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, as well as the next EDF human rights report on COVID-19. This report will be released in autumn and will tackle the link between COVID- 19 and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the discrimination and human rights violations in COVID19, EU levels – responsibilities and deficiencies, and the response of the disability movement, among other points.

For her part, Ruth Faber particularly stressed the Team Europe initiative, a package launched by the European Union (EU) to support partner countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. This initiative aims to help the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the EU’s neighbourhood – the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partner countries, the Middle East and North Africa-, parts of Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, paying particular attention to the people most at risk, such as children, women, the elderly, persons with disabilities, migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and their host communities.

The webinar, attended by Bridging the Gap field teams in its partner countries, was also an opportunity to share and discuss different approaches and possibilities to make the COVID-19 prevention and containment measures more effective and ensure that no one is left behind.

This session is part of the project’s knowledge management strategy, under which Bridging the Gap is also monitoring and disseminating through the different communication channels of the project the main resources of interest related to COVID-19 and disability.


Please find the materials of the session below: