Summit for Democracy Disability-Inclusive Democracy Side Event

3 December 2021  09:00 - 11:00

Virtual Event | Organised by Governments of The United States, United Kingdom, and Norway | Held in in
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On December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, this official Summit for Democracy 2-hour side event (9:00-11:00am ET) will bring together government leaders, academia, and civil society activists working to advance the rights of persons with disabilities in the field of disability-inclusive democracy. The session will begin and end with remarks by senior government officials and include three break-out sessions as follows: (1) exercising the right to vote, (2) political leadership, and (3) inclusive civic engagement. Readouts from the break-out sessions will inform the content of the closing plenary and lead to concrete next steps for participants and audience alike.

In the spirit of “nothing about us without us” the break-out sessions will feature subject matter experts’ brief remarks followed by facilitated discussion on key themes with stakeholders. The intent is to crowd source the most important issues stakeholders identify in the areas of exercising the right to vote, political leadership, and inclusive civic engagement. The crowd sourced issues will inform a menu of actions stakeholders can take to improve access and inclusion in political and public life for persons with disabilities. Highlights of the issues and potential actions identified will be presented during the closing plenary. Stakeholders will be invited to contribute to the Year of Action and consider actions they can take in pursuit of accessible and inclusive elections across the globe.

The event will be in English and include captioning and sign language interpretation into American Sign Language and International Sign. This event will be publicly live-streamed and recorded. To respect the privacy of attendees, attendees and comments will be visible only to hosts.