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Democracy for all? Are children with disabilities included?

Monday December 6, 2021 11:00 - 12:00

Lecturers: Maj-Inger Klingvall, Ntobuah Julius Mvenyi
Moderator: Tiina Nummi–Södergren
Panelists: Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Dr. Josephine Sundqvist, Kristin Kamrén Lundström, Victoria Valverde

Democracy for all? Is there a place for children and youth with disabilities in the Swedish global drive for democracy? 

Sweden stands up for the fundamental principles of democracy. These principles include citizen participation and human rights. But are all citizens really included? We know for a fact that disability is the single most serious barrier to active democratic participation across the globe. 

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities is entitled to enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Despite this, still 9 out of 10 children with disabilities are facing persistent barriers and are not offered inclusive education. Their rights are also overlooked in policymaking, limiting their ability to access developing funding and their opportunity to participate in social, economic, and political life. 

In the case of Sweden, it was not until 1989 that Swedish citizens with intellectual disabilities got their voting rights approved. Today in the Horn of Africa, these rights are still not realised for all. In countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia nearly 90 per cent of children with disabilities are not even enrolled in school. SDG 4 – Education for All, target 4.A:1 highlights the importance of making learning environments inclusive for children with disabilities. Inclusive education means real learning opportunities for children who have traditionally been excluded and getting all children in school is the most effective way to give all children the conditions to fully participate in democratic life. Inclusive systems value the unique contributions children of all backgrounds bring to the classroom and allow diverse groups to grow side by side, to the benefit of all.

 The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) clearly recognizes this right to inclusive education for all children with disabilities. So, what does this then mean for the Swedish drive for democracy and Swedish development cooperation at large? Are we investing enough in inclusive education and what measures are needed to make democracy a reality for all? 

 

Panellists 

Moderator

Tiina Nummi–Södergren

Panellists

Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, New Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law    (from August) - Sweden’s Drive for Democracy  

Maj-Inger Klingvall, chairperson UNICEF Sverige 

Ntobuah Julius Mvenyi - member of the Special Patients’ Council affiliated to the Agency Swedish Agency for Health and Care at Vårdanalys

Kristin Kamrén Lundström - spokesperson Extraordinary 

Victoria Valverde - spokesperson Extraordinary

Dr. Josephine Sundqvist, Secretary-General, LM International

 

Organisers 

Läkarmissionen – LM International 

Extraordinary


Organizer

Läkarmissionen - LM International in cooperation with Extraordinary

Form

Seminarium

Prioriterade målgrupper

Studenter vid högskola/universitet, Tjänstepersoner vid statliga myndigheter/departement, Förtroendevalda

Language

Engelska

Tolkningsalternativ

Teckenspråkstolkas, Skrivtolkas

Lecturers

Maj-Inger Klingvall Lecturer

chairperson UNICEF Sverige

Ntobuah Julius Mvenyi Lecturer

member of the Special Patients’ Council affiliated to the Agency Swedish Agency for Health and Care at Vårdanalys

Tiina Nummi–Södergren Moderator

Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin Panelist

New Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law - Sweden’s Drive for Democracy

Dr. Josephine Sundqvist Panelist

Secretary-General, LM International

Kristin Kamrén Lundström Panelist

spokesperson Extraordinary

Victoria Valverde Panelist

spokesperson Extraordinary