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Wednesday, November 27 • 09:00 - 10:15
Inclusion can’t wait. The business case for the inclusion of persons with disabilities

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Session organized by OHCHR, ILO, the International Disability Alliance, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities and the EU funded Bridging the Gap Project.

With respect to the world of work, persons with disabilities have historically faced serious challenges and barriers impeding their access to employment. This represents a violation not only of their rights, but a loss for our societies and economies. Many persons with disabilities continue to face discrimination with respect to opportunities and outcomes in the world of work.

As a result, there is disproportionately low representation of persons with disabilities in the global labour market. Across all regions, on average, persons with disabilities are employed at a 25% lower rate than others. In Africa and India, about three out of four persons with disabilities are excluded from the labour force.
And where they are employed, they face obstacles in their working environment and conditions with poor promotional prospects. In Chile, 20% of persons with disabilities report that their workplace is not accessible, while in Cameroon it is 50% and in Sri Lanka, 45% of employed persons with disabilities.

Businesses have a primary responsibility to ensure that recruitment processes and workplaces are barrier-free to ensure that all potential employees, including persons with disabilities, have equal opportunities to be hired and included in the workplace. Accessible and inclusive work environments not only ensure that employees with disabilities can contribute and advance in their careers on an equal basis with others, they also serve to promote staff engagement and retention for better business results. Governments have a key role to guide businesses in fostering inclusive workplaces which embrace diversity and strengthen respect for human rights.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, among other instruments, guide States in these commitments – both with respect to businesses within their borders and those beyond in the framework of international cooperation.

Aim of the session
This panel session, organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the EU funded Bridging the Gap Project- Inclusive Policies and Services for Equal Rights of persons with Disabilities, seeks to present good practices to promote the employment of persons with disabilities and to consolidate the business case for inclusion.

Format of the session
The panelists will share their unique perspectives from government, the private sector, the disability movement, national business and disability networks, and international cooperation agencies, on how they are working to fulfil this common goal.

The session will be followed by a Q&A discussion. Live captioning will be available during the event and the panel will be webcast live and archived on UNTV.

Social media coverage of the discussions can be followed at:
@IDA_CRPD_Forum, @SR_Disability, @ILO, @BtG_project
And through the following hashtags:
#Enable2Work #Inclusion4Me #CRPD4Me
For further information, please contact fsettimi@ida-secretariat.org or vlee@ohchr.org

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Lene Wendland

Chief, Business and Human Rights, OHCHR
Lene Wendland is Chief of the Business and Human Rights Unit in UN Human Rights. She was part of the team of former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, and contributed to the development and drafting of the UN Guiding... Read More →

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Catalina Devandas Aguilar

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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Eleni Theodorou

Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Engagement Consultant
Eleni is a young talent with a visual impairment due to childhood cancer (retinoblastoma). She has a hybrid background in both the private and the public sector. She has worked for companies such as Nestlé Government Affairs and Corporate Communications focused on topics such as... Read More →
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Carla Bonino

CSR and Sustainability Head of Unit, Fundación ONCE
Sociologist, Carla has worked in Fundación ONCE since 2004, in different positions in the fields of strategy, European programmes, gender and disability. Prior to this, se she worked as a social researcher for the university and trade union sector in topics related to employment... Read More →
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Dylan Winder

Counsellor and Team Leader Humanitarian, Protracted Crises and Migration, UK Mission to the UN and WTO
Dylan has worked in the Department for International Development (DFID) for over twenty years and is currently the Humanitarian and Protracted Crisis Counsellor and Team Leader at the U.K. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. He leads relationships with UN Humanitarian Agencies... Read More →
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Firehiwot Siyum

Independent Expert, former coordinator of the Ethiopian National Business and Disability Network
Firehiwot Siyum Tadese is a young African disabled woman who previously worked at a local NGO, Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) where she was able to achieve in establishing the Ethiopian Business and Disability Network (EBDN) in Ethiopia, funded by the ILO... Read More →
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Thierry Fiquet

European Union Expertise on Social Protection, Labour and Employment, SOCIEUX+
Since 2017, Thierry FIQUET is the technical key expert on “Labour and Employment” of the team implementing SOCIEUX+ : the EU facility on Social Protection, Labour and Employment which provides short term and peer to peer EU expertise worldwide. For 20 years, Mr FIQUET held many... Read More →
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Berhanu Tefera

African Disability Forum - Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

Wednesday November 27, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 CET
Room XX