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Equinet Seminar - Equality bodies tackling discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities

January 9th 2017

9th & 10th March 2017, Zagreb, Croatia

On 9th and 10th March 2017, Equinet and the Croatian Office of the Ombudswoman for Persons with Disabilities are co-organising a capacity-building seminar on Equality bodies tackling discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities. The event will take place in Zagreb, Croatia (venue to be confirmed).

Note: this event is only open to Equinet members.

Background information

Discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities touches upon many areas of life. Despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by 27 EU Member States and the European Union itself, challenges in legislation and practice remain for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Several national and international reports highlight these challenges, such as legal capacity, political participation, the right to independent living, or the specific situation of women with intellectual disabilities. Specific reports and data focusing on persons with intellectual disabilities in Europe are however rare.

The majority of Equinet members have a mandate to address discrimination on the ground of disability. In 2014, the Perspective “Realising Rights. Equality bodies and people with disabilities. Supporting the review of the European Union Disability Strategy 2010-2020” revealed that 7 of them undertook specific activities to engage persons with intellectual disabilities in their work. This includes for instance delivering self-advocacy training, producing awareness raising tools about their rights and engaging with non-governmental organisations advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Given the specific situation of persons with intellectual disabilities and the numerous challenges they face on the ground of disability and on other grounds of discrimination, there is a strong potential and demand from Equinet membership to build their capacity in this area.


The main objective of the Seminar is building individual capacity of equality bodies’ staff members to address discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities.

In particular, the Seminar aims to:

  • Help equality bodies with understanding and clarifying the main concepts related to discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities.
  • Provide them with practical guidance on how to address discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities from a legal, policy and communication perspective.
  • Stimulate and support peer learning.


This Equinet seminar is dedicated to an audience of approximately 45 equality bodies’ staff members dealing with disability issues. It allows for participation with different professional backgrounds, including legal, policy and communication. Participants will follow different workshops according to their area of expertise.


The draft agenda of the Seminar is available here:


Note: this event is only open to Equinet members.

Equinet members can register to this event through this link by Tuesday 14th February.

Due to budgetary constraints, Equinet will guarantee cost-coverage only to one registered participant from each of its member organisations. Any second participant registering from a same organization will be put on a waiting list and seats possibly remaining after registration deadline will be allocated to persons on the list on a first come first served basis.

Important Information: New Travel Procedure

Equinet will organise your travel and accommodation and has commissioned the Belgian Air Travel agency in order to do so. Participants who need a flight or a train to get to the event location are requested to communicate the following information:

  • Full name as it appears on your travel documents
  • Travel document type, number and expiry date
  • Date of birth
  • Airport of departure
  • Preferred time of the day for departure

We remind you that it is not allowed to book flights for stays longer than what is necessary to attend the event.

The information should be sent by email to:

They will return to you as soon as possible with the most suitable offer.

Please note that all Equinet particiants are required to keep the original boarding passes used for traveling and mail them back to the Equinet office with your expense claim. Failure to provide original boarding passes will result in your expense claim being rejected.

By registering to this event, you firmly commit yourself to participate in the event. Equinet will spend money based on your registration to guarantee Members’ accommodation. Should you need to cancel your registration at short notice, Equinet may be forced to charge any cancellation costs back to your organisation (exceptions might be considered for force majeure reasons).)]

For more information

Please contact Jessica Machacova, Equinet Membership and Policy Officer.