This report covers a two-day workshop on "Demystifying Non-Discrimination and Gender for Effective Child Rights Programming"; held in Dhaka from 20-21 April 2003, for Save the Children Sweden - Denmark's partner organisations. The report does not merely present workshop proceedings, but is also intended to serve as a guide and reference book, enabling participants to refer back to the workshops contents.
The child friendly version of the CRPD explains to children and young people their rights in a language they are able to comprehend. It is intended to assist in spreading the word for children with disabilities to have equal chancesin achieving their goals. it encourages the reader to take action and share its content with parents, teachers, friends and anyone else who might be interested.
In spite of existing legislation, children with disabilities often lack sufficient government and social support for their full integration into society. This also applies to education systems, where professionals and administrators are not always certain how to guarantee the right of children with disabilities to education or how to cater for their individual needs successfully and efficiently. In this regard, the committee supports the approaches of inclusive education as it guarantees the right to education for all children regardless of their physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural or other conditions.
Moreover, a diverse population of children and young people being educated in the same school is bound to create an increased degree of tolerance and will contribute to a growing acceptance of difference in society. Inclusive education should be the responsibility of all and must be seen as an important step towards the development of an inclusive society for all. It will only be achieved by partnerships, networking and joint learning by all stakeholders.
The European Social Charter complements the European Convention on Human Rights in the field of economic and social rights. It sets out rights and fundamental freedoms and establishes a supervisory mechanism based on collective complaints and state reports, guaranteeing their respect by states parties. It was recently revised and the 1996 Revised European Social Charter is gradually replacing the initial 1961 Charter. The Charter guarantees a wide range of rights; rights relating to housing, health, education, employment, social protection, movement of persons and non-discrimination