Follow us

Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
9 Jun, 2022

A Citizen’s Debate by APF France Handicap: Proposals for social protection to meet the challenges of tomorrow

People in circle discussing

Last October, APF France handicap has launched a Citizens’ Debate on social protection. Through this initiative, the association wanted to experiment with a new form of democracy based on deliberation. They have recently published the result of this work in a citizen’s opinion entitled “Social protection and solidarity: what social model for tomorrow?”.  

This Citizen Debate was to cross the views of people with disabilities, carers or relatives and citizens outside the disability field. A hundred or so citizens, selected by lottery, exchanged views together to imagine a new model of protection. 

I agreed to take part in the APF France handicap citizen debate because I thought that for once, we citizens could perhaps propose new things. It’s all very well to grumble in your corner, but it’s better to try! — Anaïs, 35, mother with a disability. 

The Citizen’s Debate allowed a diversity of views and life experiences to be expressed. The aim was also to alert the candidates in the French elections to the issues of social protection and disability. Four priority areas for transformation were identified: 

  • Social protection that develops an ambitious prevention policy; 
  • Social protection that adapts to changes in the workplace;  
  • Social protection that compensates for inequalities in situation, whether territorial or family-based, or linked to discrimination; 
  • Social protection that considers the current and future fragilities of society. 

Read the full report of this debate here (in French). 


Photo: ©Xavierarnau via Canva.com

Related Posts

Media ReleasesNews
State Of The European Union for Families: COFACE’s assessment of the EU’s work over the last 5 Years

State Of The European Union for Families: COFACE’s assessment of the EU’s work over the last 5 Years

On this 2024 International Day of Families and ahead of the European elections in June, COFACE is pleased to publish its assessment of the European Union’s work from 2019 to 2024 as well as its key demands to the EU for the 2024-2029 mandate. Both will be presented to friends of COFACE in Brussels during a Meet&Connect event in the presence of the Belgian Presidency of the EU, the occasion also to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the International Year of Families.

Read More

#AllFamiliesSpeakOutNews
ACT NOW FOR FAMILIES OF TODAY

ACT NOW FOR FAMILIES OF TODAY

COFACE has the ambition to shape together a strong social Europe fit for families and foster a European society that is more inclusive, offers equal opportunities and brings everyone forward.
In preparation of the next European elections on 6-9th June 2024, here are ten specific actions we would like to see integrated in the programme of the European Union.

Read More

NewsOpinions
OPINION – Sharenting: exercise of parental rights or infringement of privacy?

OPINION – Sharenting: exercise of parental rights or infringement of privacy?

While social media are used for many purposes and from all ages, young people constitute a significant proportion of internet users. Unfortunately, as they engage in online activities they may enter dangerous situations such as cyberbullying, online sexual exploitation and other forms of cybercrimes. But what happens when the parents themselves expose their children to these dangers through actions such as sharing information about their children online under the veil of parenting?

Read More