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.
The next National Population and Housing Census 2022 in Paraguay will include relevant, quality and disaggregated information on disability thanks to conceptual and methodological variants developed by the General Directorate of Statistics, Surveys and Censuses (DGEEC) in the framework of Bridging the Gap. These new variants recognise persons with disabilities as subjects of rights, and they will allow a more inclusive design, planning and implementation of public policies.
On 3 December, Bridging the Gap joined the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), which theme this year was "Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World", through different activities around the world.
“Taking stock of the good practices of the project Bridging the Gap paves us the way for a decade for action towards sustainable development for and with persons with disabilities, in compliance…
On November 12th, Bridging the Gap organised the international online workshop “Achieving inclusion of women with disabilities: the experience of Bridging the Gap” to present the results of the project's Gender Capitalization Study 'The Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities. A Compilation of Implemented Activities and Identified Best Practices 2018-2020', share relevant practices worth to be replicated and discuss concrete ways and opportunities to enhance the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities.
The documents summarising the results of the joint interventions between the Paraguayan State and Bridging the Gap project, financed by the European Union and implemented in Paraguay by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), were delivered to the Minister of the National Secretariat for the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SENADIS), César Martínez, by the General Coordinator of Spanish Cooperation in Paraguay, Fernando Rey Yébenes, on Monday, November 2, at the SENADIS headquarters in Asunción, Paraguay.
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).
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.