COCEMFE Seville holds a European conference on employment, women and disability with the participation of nine institutional representatives.

COCEMFE Seville holds a European conference on employment, women and disability with the participation of nine institutional representatives.

The Provincial Federation of Associations of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities of Seville (COCEMFE Seville) has given on Wednesday 22 September the final conference of the project ‘Ready Women‘, co-financed by Erasmus Plus of the European Union.

During the first part of the conference, the results of the project were presented, including the training portal and resources for trainers, counsellors and women with disabilities; as well as the first results of the courses held.

The best thing about the trainings in the regions participating in the programme is the motivation they transmit to the beneficiary women. “Not only have I learnt skills that help me to improve my access to new jobs in the labour market, but also to know that as a citizen of the European Union I have the same rights to live independently, and to be part of the community, with the same options as others”, says M. Carmen Cisneros, a student of the ‘Ready Women’ programme in Spain.

The importance of the plans and programmes carried out by the Seville City Council and the Andalusian Regional Government was highlighted at the ‘Employment and training table for women with disabilities‘, and the need to continue to support transversal programmes that include guidance and support for employment, but also internship programmes and training in alternation with employment was expressed. It was also stressed that the commitment to the integration of women with disabilities into the labour market is a task in which all entities must participate in a strategic partnership.

As a conclusion of the ‘Equal Opportunities for Women with Disabilities Table‘, it has been concluded that a greater number of shared spaces for reflection and joint work between the public and private sectors is necessary to improve the lives of women with disabilities. Likewise, the Directorate General for People with Disabilities and Inclusion announced the forthcoming presentation of the ‘II Integral Action Plan for Women with Disabilities in Andalusia’.

The conference took place in the Arturo Serra Hall of the Ayre Hotel Sevilla. The meeting, organised by the Federation, was attended by representatives of the European entities participating in Ready Women, Istituto dei Sordi di Torino (Italy), EYES Association and Istanbul Gelisim University (Bulgaria), and EUROKOM Association (Italy). In addition to important political actors in the world of disability, such as the Director General of Employment, Support for the Economy and Social Innovation of the Seville City Council, Mª Paz Lagares; the Director General of Intermediation and Labour Guidance of the Andalusian Employment Service of the Andalusian Regional Government, Mª José Roldán; the Andalusian delegate of the Incorpora Programme of the La Caixa Foundation, Yolanda López; the Director General of Vocational Training for Employment of the Andalusian Regional Government, Joaquín Pérez; the head of Social Policies of Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) of Andalusia, Rosa Berges; the Director of the Andalusian Women’s Institute of Andalusia, Laura Fernández; the Deputy for Social Cohesion and Equality of the Provincial Council of Seville, Rocío Sutil; the President of Andalucía Inclusiva COCEMFE, Rocío Pérez; the Director General for People with Disabilities and Inclusion of the Andalusian Regional Government, Marcial Gómez.

Also in attendance were the Mayor of Carrión de los Céspedes Town Council, Enrique Guisado; the Councillor for Social Affairs of Bormujos Town Council, Leonor Benítez Mata; the Delegate for Social Welfare, Equality and Health of Gines Town Council, M Jesús de los Santos. Also in attendance were representatives of social entities such as the Association for Inclusion (API), the Association for Women with Physical and Sensory Diversity Azaar, the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Seville (EAS), the BSR Vistazul Club, the Autoimmune and Lupus Association of Seville (ALU Seville), the Association of Spinal Cord Injuries in Seville (ALMA Seville), the Seville Spina Bifida Association (ASEB), the Andalusia Inclusive Confederation COCEMFE, the La Caixa Foundation, the Aljaraque Foundation, the USO Trade Union, among others. And representatives from the business world such as Ana Barrena from Decoanuska.

This event marks the end of three years of implementation of the ‘Ready Women‘ programme, with the participation of 70 people, 20 of whom were European partners from six countries (Italy, Turkey, Latvia, Greece, Portugal and Bulgaria).

The conference has been carried out in an accessible way with interpretation in Spanish Sign Language, as well as with the intervention of interpreters in English so that the European attendees could follow the conference.

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