Listen to the Rights-Reporting podcast and its fourth episode, "Right to political participation".
Read the podcast episode transcript.
This podcast episode focuses on the important right of being able to participate in political and public life as well as to vote independently, which is stipulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), article 29. Unfortunately, political visions, however, do not always turn into reality and we see that the implementation of this right is often not properly in place.
In this episode, Tracy Dearing - a partially-sighted politician from Hull in the UK, tells us about her experience when she was elected Councillor in 2021. The episode also hosts two experts; Diana Stentoft – General Secretary of World Blind Union, Denmark and James Adams – Director of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Scotland, who will discuss about barriers and challenges as well as possibilities, tools and solutions to improve political participation.
The podcast is hosted by Neven Milivojevic from the Swedish Association for Visually Impaired. Neven, with a background of more than 30 years in advocacy, has worked as a Director of Advocacy at SRF, a teacher at Uppsala University and within Swedish politics for many years. He has also been responsible for SIDA-funded International Training Programmes aiming to support global ratification and implementation of the UNCRPD, and is currently an independent consultant.
This podcast is part of the European PARVIS project led by European Blind Union (EBU), Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF) and The Eye Association Netherlands (Oogvereniging). The project is supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme of the European Union.