The UfM and ONCE organise the I Conference on Disability and Social Inclusion in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

January 31, 2022
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This 1st Conference on Disability and Social Inclusion in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, hosted in partnership between the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Spanish ONCE Social Group, took place in Barcelona seeking to analyse three key challenges in the post-COVID era: the limitations that persons of disabilities face to access human rights and employment, the importance of a gender perspective in agendas and recovery programmes and the role of accessible tourism.

The event brought together representatives of regional, national and international organisations of People with disabilities (OPD) plus the representative of the League of Arab States and the Spanish Agency for International cooperation on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The different panels provided the audience with insights and data which highlighted both challenges as well as possible solutions when it comes to the social and economic inclusion of persons with disability. Among others, panellists how, compared to men without disabilities, women with disabilities are three times more likely to be illiterate, two times less likely to be employed and three times more likely to have unmet needs for health care. 

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Press release

Union for the Mediterranean

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia