Protecting the rights of women and girls with disabilities

The General Assembly of the European Disability Forum (EDF) has adopted the 2nd Manifesto on the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the EU. During the annual meeting in Budapest, Hungary, EDF's Women's Committee, chaired by Ana Peláez, proposed this important human rights document, which is designed to be a toolkit for activists and policymakers. Although the women's movement in general has played a key role in pushing for change and made great efforts to empower and prepare women for the struggle for equality, the same cannot be said for women with disabilities. Empowering women with disabilities is, therefore, an urgent requirement at the present time. IF whole-heartedly supports this outstanding initiative.
Ana Peláez is a strong advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities


IF capacity building workshop in Budapest, Hungary

On the 29th of May IF organised a workshop in Budapest on capacity building for people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, in collaboration with MEOSZ, the National Federation of Disabled Persons' Associations in Hungary. IF President Pierre Mertens led the workshop and motivated the participants to create an organisation of people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Hungary. He explained why it is important to have a Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus association in Hungary. United in an association, people with these conditions, and their parents, can better defend their rights. Through the international collaboration with IF, associations can gather and exchange knowledge that will help to improve the lives of people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Their needs are very complex and they have the right to correct multidisciplinary treatment and care, and to live their lives equal to others.
Participants of the IF workshop on Spina Bifida in Budapest are encouraged to create a Spina Bifida association in Hungary


Fetal Neuro Clinic opens in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

A world-class partnership for parental counselling and medical intervention in pregnancies has been formed by Corniche Hospital, which is managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International; and by Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), which is managed by Cleveland Clinic. Together they launched a Fetal Neuro Clinic which offers multi-disciplinary services of experts in prenatal medicine. Opening the new clinic is a crucial expansion that provides full medical and surgical care to mothers who have high-risk pregnancies and newborn babies suffering from neurologic disorders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Around sixty babies are estimated to be born annually with Spina Bifida in the UAE, and most will require urgent surgery to save and improve their lives. The new Fetal Neuro Clinic will be essential in helping  to meet their needs. The clinic also provides expert counselling to parents who received the diagnosis that their baby will be born with Spina Bifida.
The Fetal Neuro Clinic is located at Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi


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