Karin Astegger, Board member of the European Association of Service providers for Persons with disabilities. In the following interview, she explains what she could bring to the Fundamental Rights Platform Advisory Panel.
What is your background and expertise?
Human rights issues have been a concern for me for a long time. I started with voluntary work at school, with refugees from South-East Asia and persons with intellectual disabilities supporting them to participate in their communities. The inclusion of all citizens in our society and the implementation of the UN-CRPD are important goals for me in my private and professional life, being in this sector for 20 years.
I am interested in diversity and enjoy meeting people from different cultural backgrounds to create positive synergies and a common ground for cooperation.
“The inclusion of all citizens in our society and the implementation of the UN-CRPD are important goals for me.”
What are the priorities on which you would like to focus as member of the FRP Advisory Panel?
The Fundamental Rights Agency is more than just a point of reference in human rights standards and implementation and it should continue being at the forefront, both in the context of human rights crises and in guiding policy makers in their strategies and action-plans. I would like to bring my expertise in supporting persons with disabilities to participate fully in society, focusing on cross-sectorial cooperation, user-led support services and quality assurance systems for services. I believe in inclusive and empowering settings where persons with support needs can enjoy equal rights & opportunities as citizens and where we look at quality of life through the provision of adequate individualized support provided in the community.
“I would like to bring my expertise in supporting persons with disabilities to participate fully in society, focusing on cross-sectorial cooperation.”
Why should organisations vote for you?
We need to raise attention on the positive models of policy and practice that promote inclusion, acceptance and freedom of individuals. In times of crises, disillusionment and lack of trust in the institutions, but also in humans, we need to show and demonstrate that there is another side of the coin representing all the many positive examples of successful co-habitation of different cultures, values and needs of every individual. Nothing is as complex as when it is considered complicated and solutions have to be created together in supportive and understanding environments.
“The solutions have to be created together in supportive and understanding environments”