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Burkina Faso’s National Strategy and Action Plan for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ready for final approval January 11, 2021

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.

Big celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Ethiopia January 4, 2021

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.

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World Food Programme staff in Ethiopia trained to mainstream disability in their activities December 21, 2020

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.

Paraguay consolidates the inclusion of persons with disabilities in its data and statistics December 11, 2020

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.

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Bridging the Gap celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 December 7, 2020

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.

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The experience of Bridging the Gap under the spotlight of a high-level panel discussion December 4, 2020

“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…

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Bridging the Gap presents its Gender Capitalisation Study at an online workshop November 17, 2020

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.

Fernando Rey and César Martínez posing with the documents produced by Bridging the Gap
SENADIS receives the main results of the work to strengthen public policies on disability in Paraguay November 9, 2020

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.

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Officials from the Paraguayan administration trained on implementing inclusive websites October 13, 2020

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).

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Burkina Faso advances in the development of the Action Plan for the implementation of the National Disability Strategy September 30, 2020

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.