Activists were trained within the framework of the project "Civil Society Action for Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities"
On June 6-10, in Kobuleti, selected activists were trained within the framework of the project "Civil Society Action for Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities". The 4-day trainings were led by Ketevan Khomeriki, Law Specialist for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The first day of the training was dedicated to the systematic analysis of the situation in Georgia and the discussion of existing models of disability. The next day the trainer and activists discussed the Convention and the Optional Protocol to the Convention. They talked about the structure of the Convention, its basic principles, equality and the prohibition of discrimination, including specific types of discrimination (refusal of reasonable accommodation, harassment). Particular emphasis was placed on the intersectional approach.
The participants explained the importance of the Optional Protocol to the Convention and the mechanisms that have emerged as a result of its ratification in Georgia.
Over the next few days, the participants discussed in more detail the articles and aspects of the Convention that are new to international human rights law and also closely related to the project objectives, namely accessibility, equality before the law, access to justice and independent living. The project participants performed group work with the trainer and arranged a mock trial.
The project Civil Society Action for Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Georgia, aims to strengthen civil society to improve access to justice and eliminate discrimination for persons with disabilities through the development of legal services and effective advocacy.
The project is implemented by the organizations "Changes for Equal Rights" and "Coalition for Independent Living" with the support of the European Union.