Queen Letizia of Spain today held a virtual meeting with the COCEMFE that represents the People with Physical and Organic Disabilities. The organization has 1,600 associations and represents two and a half million people.
COCEMFE is a non-profit NGO established in 1980. Its objective is to achieve the full inclusion and active participation of people with physical and organic disabilities in all areas of society, through the promotion, defence and demand of the exercise of their rights, as well as the coordination, representation and promotion of their Associative Movement, thus contributing to the construction of an inclusive and diverse society.
COCEMFE heads explained to the Queen the situation of the group they represent in the face of the pandemic. During the nationwide lockdown, most of their entities closed their doors, adapting the remote work culture. Residential centres have remained open, as well as most home help and personal assistance services, but day centre activities and other specialized social services such as early care, physical therapy, rehabilitation and functional recovery have been suspended.
Next, Queen held a meeting with “CERMI Women”. “CERMI Women” works for the effective equality of women and girls with disabilities. The meeting was also attended by a sign language interpreter who helped Queen and the members of CERMI to have a conversation.
The Foundation was born in 2014, out of the concern expressed by a large part of organized civil society regarding gender inequality that also occurs within the population having disabilities and in view of the need to deepen the knowledge and articulation of responses to these situations of discrimination.
The Foundation defends the effective equality of women and girls with disabilities from a human rights perspective. In today’s meeting, the CERMI informed Queen about the impact of COVID19 on the women with disabilities, the problems they are facing and how CERMI is helping them.
A video of the meeting.
Queen Letizia wore a dark green collarless blazer.
Update: Queen Letizia wore Pine Green Hugo Boss ‘Jalesta’ Open Front Jacket. Thanks to UFONoMore for the id.
The $445 jacket is described as, “Smart tailoring lends to a flattering fit on this polished desk-to-dinner jacket with a versatile open front”. It is currently retailing for $178.
Queen paired the blazer with a black top and black trouser. She was wearing her bezel stud earrings from which her Australian Pearls used to hang and her Karen Hallam ring.