Launch of Annual Report 2020
Earlier today, the Commissioner and Directors presented CRPD’s Annual Report for 2020 to the Minister Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli.
2020 was the year of COVID-19, when persons with disability were affected not just by the pandemic itself but more so by the social and economic impact deriving from restrictive measures put in place to control its spread.
This is reflected in the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD)’s Annual Report for 2020 which shows that although this was a challenging year, it was also an invigorating one, when the Commission’s role of safeguarding the rights of persons with disability was crucial, perhaps more than ever before.
The Report, which was presented to Inclusion Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli by CRPD Commissioner Samantha Pace Gasan, provides a comprehensive snapshot of the work carried out by the Commission throughout 2020: from statistics and case studies of the investigations on complaints relating to disability filed with the Commission’s Investigations Unit to the work on planning and permits carried out by the Compliance team.
Following a section-by-section viewpoint, the Report also shows how the Commission worked to ensure that the disability sector was included in every policy decision during the COVID-19 pandemic. A disability taskforce was set up in April to work on monitoring and challenging policies and strategies in place that impact persons with disability and their families. CRPD also launched an awareness campaign, shining a light on the lives of persons with disabilities during the pandemic. A research study was also commissioned through the Faculty for Social Wellbeing to assess the effects of the pandemic on the lives of persons with disability and their families.