We need to secure the foundation.

Sif Holst - Candidate to the UN CRPD committee
Disability and The EU
In May of this year, I participated in a meeting arranged by the Danish youth Organization European Youth. The purpose of the meeting was in the context of the EU becoming increasingly a social union to examine different measures taken pertaining to disability rights
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My Vision

The pandemic has shown us, that even if the CRPD has celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, we still have a long way to go. We need to get back to basics and secure the foundation.

Whether we work with education or employment for all, with arts and culture, with access to health or social services, with transportation or something else, we need to secure the following 3 elements:

– Persons with disabilities and their organisations must have a seat at the table

– Accessibility is a prerequisite for equal access

– To achieve equality – we need to pay attention to the differences


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Proven track record

Disability rights advocate for the past 20 years, serving on a large number of boards and committees including vice-chair Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark, vice-chair Knowledge Center about Disability, board member CABI better work for all.

Proven track record achieving success through cooperation with States and civil society on subjects such as equal health, universal design, independent living, inclusive education and labour market. Experienced working locally, nationally and internationally.

From being an exchange student in Indonesia, undertaking development work in Ghana and Uganda, being member of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Nordic Disability Council.

About Me

I am a woman born with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. For more than 20 years I have been a wheelchair user and a disability rights advocate. I have experienced discrimination and many obstacles, but I also had opportunities to raise myself up and to work for change on an individual, local, national and international level.

As one of the World’s oldest federations of organisations of persons with disabilities, DPOD has since 1934 effectively represented its member organisations, amounting today to 35 and thereby around 340,000 persons with disabilities. DPOD is known as a significant voice in achieving rights of persons with disabilities in Denmark as well as in supporting partner organisations of persons with disabilities in African and Asian countries.

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