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Statement on Intersectionality

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The aim of EUD is to achieve equality, equity, diversity and non-discrimination by protecting the human rights of all deaf people. All of us are deaf and united through sign languages but we must remember that our unity, acceptance and respect for everyone in our rich communities is a precondition for our success when achieving this goal.

Acknowledging the diversity of the deaf communities, EUD assumes the responsibility to strengthen its efforts to empower its marginalised groups.  For this reason, EUD will ensure that intersectionality perspectives are at the core of its work, as EUD is strongly committed to leave no one behind. 

As the diversity is a part of our collective richness, we must ensure intersectionality is fully reflected throughout our work. We will strengthen our advocacy for inclusion, equality and equity in all of its senses. We will strive to ensure that, through our work the perspectives of all deaf persons, irrespective of their sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, language and gender identity, are equally visible. Furthermore, we will ensure that EUD is represented by those who at all times adhere to the principles of equality, equity, diversity and non-discrimination.

EUD will set up a working group focusing on intersectionality. The aim of the working group will be to mainstream intersectional perspectives in EUD policy work and other activities of EUD and EUD member organisations. The working group will investigate how EUD can collaborate with other organisations representing deaf women, deaf LGBTIQ+ persons, deaf elderly, deaf refugees, deaf BIPOC persons, deafblind persons, deaf with additional disabilities and other deaf persons with intersectional experiences. Working Group’s aim will be to increase EUD’s efficiency mainstreaming intersectionality and to expand EUD’s range of action. It will also provide EUD full members with guidance and tools to promote the inclusion of deaf people with intersectional experiences within their organisational structure as well as their activities. The working group on Intersectionality will empower the representatives from the marginalised groups to lead the work on mainstreaming of intersectional perspectives.

Understanding our capacity but maximising feasibility, we will focus our efforts to ensure that our advocacy work for the full and meaningful implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through the upcoming European Disability Rights Strategy synergises with and is mainstreamed in the implementation actions of the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, LGBTIQ+ Equality Strategy 2020-2025, EU Anti-racism Action Plan 2020-2025, EU Roma Strategic Framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation 2020-2030. Moreover, EUD will aim at empowering its members to use various European legislative and policy instruments when advocating for the deaf perspectives to be included in national legislation, policies and action plans on disability rights, gender equality, LGBTIQ+ equality, anti-racism, Roma equality, inclusion and participation and other. 

EUD is committed to achieve the vision of the President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission and the European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli – to make the European Union the Union of Equality. We will play an active role mainstreaming deaf perspective in and supporting all the EU level initiatives that will put in place mechanisms, policies and actions which will challenge structural discrimination and the stereotypes that are often present in our societies. Through our work EUD will contribute to the Union of Equality for all deaf people and will not rest until everyone in our communities are ensured equal rights and enjoy diversity.

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