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Advancing Disability Rights Around the World Through U.S. Department of State Exchanges

31/07/2013 12:44 (259 Day 09:19 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- Sixty disability and civil society organizations from 20 countries and the United States have been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows EMPOWER Program, according to the U.S. State Department.



This two-way exchange program will expand the capacity of organizations in the United States and overseas to promote inclusive communities and advance disability rights around the world, a key theme of U.S. public diplomacy efforts globally, according to the U.S. State Department.

Participating countries include: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Kenya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Tajikistan, Ukraine , and the United States. EMPOWER teams will focus on a range of topics from inclusive education, independent living, healthcare, law and policy, legal aid, recreation and sports, access to public services and advocacy for all persons with disabilities.

In August and September, U.S. participants will travel to their partners’ home countries to gain an understanding of disability issues in their communities. In October, international participants will be hosted in the United States by Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and their American counterparts to collaborate and develop projects that promote the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities.

The participants and their U.S. hosts will gather in Washington, D.C., for a three day conference at Gallaudet University, October 31- November 2, to network with other leaders in their field and share plans for long-term programming that they will implement upon their return home, according to the U.S. State Department.

By placing persons with disabilities at the center of the U.S. Department of State’s efforts to promote more just, equitable and inclusive societies, emerging leaders like those on the EMPOWER program have an important role to play in strengthening democracy and promoting human rights around the world.



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Parliament issues strong call for EU lobby transparency register to become mandatory

16/04/2014 16:53 (05:10 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- The report approved by MEPs gives an important signal to the European Commission that a far more ambitious approach is needed to secure genuine lobby transparency in the EU, according to EUbusiness Ltd.


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