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”Social Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

September 19

EU-Access-PYUNIC

”Social Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

Aware of our rights, able to protect them!

PYUNIC – ACCESS Project 

funded by the European Union

 Promoting the social rights of persons with disabilities by building the capacity of Armenian civil society organizations to engage with the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms”

19 September 2018

Conference organized by PYUNIC and the Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards (ACCESS)
Funded by the European Union (European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights)

PROGRAMME

9:00-10:00 Registration of participants

Coffee break

10:00-10:15 Artistic performance featuring artists with disabilities
10:15-10:30 Welcome speech

Ruzanna SARGSYAN, Project Manager of Pyunic

Antonina VYKHREST and Evgenia GIAKOUMOPOULOU, Co-Founders of ACCESS

10:30-11:00 Keynote address                   

”The role of civil society organisations in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia”

H.E. Mr. Piotr Antoni ?WITALSKI, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia

Arman TATOYAN, The Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia

Natalia VOUTOVA, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan (TBC)

Loreta VIOIU, Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan (TBC)

Mane TANDILYAN, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (TBC)

11:00-11:30 Certificate awarding ceremony of the tutored course on the rights of persons with disabilities under the Platform of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP)
11:30-12:00 Presentation of the results of the online tutored course on the rights of persons with disabilities under the Platform of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP)

 

Ara GHAZARYAN, National Tutor of the course (Yerevan, Armenia)

12:00-13:00 Lunch
 

Session 1 – An overview of the project’s immediate outcomes

13:00-14:00 Panel Session

”The Council of Europe as a key partner for civil society organisations in prompting the rights of persons with disabilities in member States”

 

Representative of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (CoE) (TBC)

Representative of the European Committee of Social Rights (TBC)

14:00-14:30 Discussion and questions
14:30-14:45 Coffee break
14:45-15:00 Employment opportunities, Best practices in US & Armenia – Lia Martirosyan, Ability Corps, USA
15:00-15:30 Presentation of the two alternative reports to the CoE Human Rights Commissioner and the ECSR

Hrachya KAZHOYAN, The Armenian UN Association (AUNA), leading NGO expert, co-author of the alternative report to the CoE Human Rights Commissioner on the social

integration of persons with disabilities in Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia)

Hasmik HOVHANNISYAN, The Union of Young Economists of Armenia, leading NGO expert, co-author of the alternative report to ECSR on the social rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia)

15:30-16:00            Recommendations, questions and answers
16:00-16:15 Presentation of the Handbook ”Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the Council of Europe Standards”

 

Antonina VYKHREST and Evgenia GIAKOUMOPOULOU, Co-Founders of ACCESS (Strasbourg, France)

Zaruhi SHUSHANYAN, Coordinator of the Project ”Promoting the social rights of persons with disabilities by building the capacity of Armenian civil society organisations to engage with the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms” (Strasbourg, France)

 

Session 2 – Defining future steps

16:15-17:00 Workshops

Workshop 1 ”Increasing knowledge on Council of Europe standards and rights of persons with disabilities for NGO representatives and relevant stakeholders working with persons with disabilities”

Facilitator: Evgenia GIAKOUMOPOULOU, Co-Founder of ACCESS

Workshop 2 ”Raising awareness among the society on the rights of persons with disabilities”.

Media and the rights of Persons with Disabilities

Facilitators: Ruzanna SARGSYAN, Project Manager of Pyunic

Kushane Chopanyan, Public Radio of Armenia

Workshop 3 ”Increasing knowledge of the intersectional approach on discrimination among NGOs and Armenian society”

Facilitator: Antonina VYKHREST, Co-Founder of ACCESS

17:00-17:20 Presentation of results and recommendations of the workshops by participants
Conference closing session

Main takeaways on challenges and opportunities

Closing remarks

Venue: Congress Hotel BWestern

1 Italy Street, Yerevan, Armenia