IFES Joins New Disability Rights Training Network

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is pleased to be an associated partner in a new training network for early-stage researchers in the field of disability rights. The Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE) project will recruit 15 early-stage researchers to explore and develop recommendations for disability law and policy reform according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Research through DARE will serve as a catalyst for legal reform, legitimizing the challenges and lived experiences of persons with disabilities.

Through its extensive experience supporting the political empowerment of people with disabilities and working with students and researchers, IFES will contribute to the DARE project as follows:

  • Virginia Atkinson, IFES inclusion advisor, will serve on the Supervisory Board of the DARE project. Through its representation on this advisory committee, IFES will provide advice and training to students on the right to participate in political life.
  • IFES will give training workshops at DARE events and will provide input on sessions related to good governance and democratic rights.
  • IFES will host placements of DARE early-stage researchers, providing them with expertise on political participation and making your voice heard.

DARE will be coordinated by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in collaboration with the Institute for Social and Political Sciences (Portugal), Maastricht University (Netherlands), University of Leeds (United Kingdom), the European Disability Forum, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, the University of Iceland and Swiss Paraplegic Research. In addition to IFES, researchers will be placed at JUSTICE (United Kingdom), AGE Platform Europe (Belgium), the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Switzerland), the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions Pi Consultancy (Netherlands), University of Limerick (Ireland), LUMOS (United Kingdom), Christian Blind Mission (Ireland), European Social Network (United Kingdom), European Association of Palliative Care (Belgium) and Vision Sense (United Kingdom).

IFES looks forward to collaborating with DARE university and civil society partners, as well as supporting the development of a new cadre of disability rights researchers.