The potential of the CRPD for older persons with disability

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva
(UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre)

ENNHRI is co-hosting a Thematic Briefing on the potential of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for older persons with a disability, during the 15th Working Session of the CRPD Committee, on 8 April in Geneva.

The entry into force of the CRPD in 2008 created a new disability rights paradigm that empowers persons with disabilities. In particular, it articulates the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community (Article 19). However, states parties often don’t recognise that older persons with disabilities often lack a choice of long-term care services.

Bringing together the European Commission, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research and the NGO Committee on Ageing (Geneva), the event will explore the development of community-based services for older persons with disabilities.


Session Chair: Mrs. Jasminka Dzumhur, Ombudsperson of Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • The CRPD’s Potential: The Human Rights of Older Persons with Disabilities and Long-term Care
    Ciara O’Dwyer, ENNHRI Co-ordinator of the Human Rights for Older Persons and Long-term Care project, funded by the European Commission
  • From care in homes to care at home: European experiences with (de)institutionalisation in long-term care
    Stefania Ilinca, Researcher, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
  • Human Rights for Older Persons with Disabilities: European Commission Actions
    Malgorzata Kozlowska, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG EMPL

The sessions will be followed by a general discussion