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.
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.
Bridging the Gap organised an internal online session to present the human rights indicators on the CRPD developed by the first component of the project to Bridging the Gap II (BtG-II) partner countries: Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Sudan.
On 26 June, the first results of the rapid evaluation on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the response of the Government of Paraguay to COVID-19 carried out within the framework of the Bridging the Gap project were presented at a virtual meeting that brought together high-level authorities and civil society leaders.
On 18 June, the National Union of Association of Women with Disability of Burkina Faso (UNAFEB) launched the project "Social Protection (Rights and Health Services) to girls and women with disabilities in the city of Ouagadougou and surroundings", supported by Bridging the Gap.
Nearly 1500 teachers in Ecuador participated in a course aiming to improve support for students with intellectual disabilities, organised by the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), the Ecuadorian Federation for the Support to Persons with Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Down Syndrome (FEPAPDEM), and the Ministry of Education within the framework of Bridging the Gap project.
On 27 May, the Coalition of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CNAPH), one of the three national organisations/federations, benefitting of the grants’ scheme for Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) of Bridging the Gap in Burkina Faso, launched the project "Promoting an inclusive development in the central region on the bases of article 4 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD)".
On 28th May, the European programmes of international cooperation Bridging the Gap, Eurosocial+ and SOCIEUX+ shared their work experiences for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Latin America at the webinar "Disability in bi-regional cooperation: The opportunity for a new normality, more fair for all", hosted by Grupo Social ONCE.
Until 30th June, Bridging the Gap will work together with the Paraguayan Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that are part of the National Commission for the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CONADIS) in the development of a methodology to monitor the implementation of the public policy of response to the health emergency caused by COVID-19, implement this methodology and draft a technical report on the results of this research.