RI Global Press Release: RI Global Colombia to expand network

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RI Global: Office of Communications

Contact: Adrian Brune, +1 347-759-9501

RI Colombia organized a meeting with various stakeholders in Bogota on June 25, 2015 to explore possibilities of expanding the current network to include more members so they can play a more active role in the meaningful implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which Colombia ratified in 2011.

At the meeting, organized by Professor Karin Del Rocio Garzon of Del Rosario University, RI Secretary General Venus Ilagan made a presentation on the various initiatives of Rehabilitation International, including the work it has carried out and continues to undertake in support of the implementation of the UN CRPD and possible ways on how RI can collaborate with the multi-stakeholder groups in Colombia for a more meaningful implementation of the Convention at national level. Ms. Ilagan expressed her appreciation on the diversity and variety of expertise and skills among those who attended the meeting, among them representatives of Colombia’s legal community, rehabilitation service providers, social workers, artists, persons with disabilities, psychologists, parent advocates, law enforcers, representatives from the defense ministry, support groups and many others.


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It was agreed that RI Colombia, which is based at the University, will continue to work with the group to explore possibilities of doing specific projects to achieve shared and common goals and for them to also take active participation in RI’s work going forward, including using our various conferences to present and share learning and experiences which can benefit other countries of similar economic and other circumstances, for the effective implementation of the CRPD.

RI Global: Founded in 1922, Rehabilitation International (RI Global) is a worldwide network promoting the rights and inclusions of persons with disabilities (PwDs) through advocacy, habilitation and rehabilitation to achieve an inclusive world in which all people can enjoy full human rights.

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