Ms Magdolna Birtha MA
Magdi is Marie Curie Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway. Magdi’s research in the frame of the DREAM project is focusing on the National and European Monitoring of the CRPD and civil society involvement. She will be researching the process of creating a self-sustaining triangular mechanism to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention by collecting promising international practices. She has a special focus on the active and effective involvement of persons with disabilities in policy and decision-making processes (Article 33.3 CRPD). She is following the implementation of the Convention at the EU level and aiming to provide recommendations by the end of her three years on ways of effective monitoring.
Previously Magdi worked on the implementation and monitoring mechanisms of the CRPD at EU level as a trainee at the Unit of Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the European Commission. In 2008-2010 she was Hungarian coordinator of the two years Grundtvig Multilateral EU project ’My Opinion My Vote’ focusing on the political participation and voting rights of persons with learning disabilities.
Magdi became dedicated to disability rights while working as a volunteer in a group home maintained by the Hungarian Down Foundation in Budapest between 2006 and 2008. Assisting the everyday life and building up personal relations with a number of persons with intellectual disabilities ensured her better understanding regarding the barriers they have to face in our society. She worked closely with a number of advocacy NGOs and DPOs raising awareness on the right to vote, organizing training sessions on citizenship and participation, and monitoring human rights in big institutions all around Hungary.
She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from ELTE University, Budapest; her dissertation focused on “Ethnomethodology of the category ’intellectually disabled”.
- Monitoring mechanisms of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 33.2 CRPD)
- Involvement of Civil Society and People with Disabilities in human rights monitoring and policy making (Article 33.3 CRPD)
- Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Self-advocacy groups
- European and National level implementation of the UN CRPD
Project: DREAM (Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Market) ( xxx)
Start/End Dates: 01-SEP-11 / 31-AUG-14
|Birtha, M. (2013) ''Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us': A case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia' In: Charles Ngwena, Ilze Grobbelar-du Plessis, Helene Combrinck, Serges Djoyou Kamga (eds). African Disability Rights Yearbook 2013. Pretoria, South Africa: Pretoria University Law Press (PULP). [Details]|
|Birtha, M. (2014) 'A chance to pioneer or a lost opportunity?: Monitoring disability rights effectively and independently in the EU in line with Article 33 of the UN CRPD' In: European Yearbook of Disability Law. Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland: Intersentia. [Details]|
|Birtha, M. (2012) 'Kinek mi a bűne? Törések a közösségi normák világában (English title: Who is guilty for what? Ruptures in the he world of community norms)' In: Csepeli, Gy; Biró, J (eds). Szülőgyilkosságok Magyarországon az ezredfordulón (English title: Parental murders in Hungary in the New Millenium). Budapest, Hungary: Apeiron kiado. [Details]|
|Birtha, M (2012) '’Mennyire lehet konstruktív egy párbeszéd? - Az ENSZ CRPD Bizottságának felülvizsgálata a Fogyatékosjogi Egyezmény magyarországi végrehajtásáról’ (English title: How constructive a dialogue could be? Reporting to the UN CRPD Committee on the implementation of the Convention in Hungary)' Fundamentum 2012/3 (XVI) :88-90. [Details]|
|Birtha, M. (2013) Title: Participation of persons with disabilities in policy and decision-making processes. [Invited Oral Presentation], Roundtable Discussion on Human Rights and Disability: Between Choice and Contro, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania , 21-OCT-13 - 21-OCT-13.|
|Birtha, M (2013) conference organized by the Council of Europe, title of presentation: The Rights of persons with disabilities’. [Invited Oral Presentation], Rights of people with disabilities, Vadul-Lui-Voda, Moldova , 18-SEP-13 - 19-SEP-13.|
|Birtha, M (2013) conference organized by the EU, title of presentation: Citizenship rights of persons with disabilities. [Invited Oral Presentation], Citizenship in the European Union: Twenty years after Maastricht conference, Budapest, Hungary , 27-JUN-13 - 27-JUN-13.|
|Birtha, M. (2013) Title of presentation: Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us! - case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia’. [Oral Presentation], Nordic Network on Disability Research conference, Turku, Finnland , 30-MAY-13 - 31-MAY-13.|
|Birtha, M (2013) Title of presentation: ’Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us! - case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia. [Oral Presentation], Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, Hawai'i , 29-APR-13 - 30-APR-13.|
| Year 2010 Institution: Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Social Sciences
Qualification: Masters of Arts Subject: Sociology
|Co-training with Mental Disability Advocacy Centre on implementation of Article 33 CRPD, Chisinau, Moldova, 11-12 March 2013|
|Presentation at the Australian Human Rights Centre, Sydney, 19 March 2013 (Title: 'Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us! - case study on Article 33 CRPD implementation in Zambia’)|
Visitor at the Australian Human Rights Centre, 18-29 March 2013
|Seminar at the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice, Auckland, 3 April 2013, (Title: ’Challenges and key factors of effective civil society participation in policy and decision-making processes’|
|Seminar at the Auckland University of Technology, 4 April 2013 (Title: ‘CRPD as a tool for change - participation of persons with disabilities’)|
|Faculty member at the Citizenship in Europe: Citizenship and solidarity, ISES Summer school, Koszeg, Hungary, June 2013 (Title: ‘Advocacy and citizenship rights of persons with disabilities’)|
Faculty member at the CDLP NUIG 5th International Disability Summer School, Galway, June 2013 (Title: ‘Article 33 - Innovation from around the world’);