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On 20 November 2014, the Universal Children’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a young boy with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus from Slovakia is addressing the three top EU institutions' representatives: European Council, European Parliament, and European Commission.
This will happen in the framework of the Fourth Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy. There is much to celebrate as we mark the 25th anniversary of the CRC, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrollment, but this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers.
Dominik is representing young people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus worldwide. Rights of children with disabilities are a very complex issue, not easy to address in a 2 minutes speech, but this is only the beginning of a long advocacy process in which Dominik will take the lead, supported by the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, Slovak Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, Slovak Coalition for Children and Children of Slovakia Foundation.
On 2-3 December 2014 Dominik is going to take part in the celebrations of the European Day of People with Disabilities in Brussels dedicated to Employment, Accessibility and Enabling Futures. He will participate in the round table reflecting on the question: "What should the European disability priorities for the next 5 years be?” Dominik will stress the importance of working with and for children and young people with disabilities.
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