|June 14 – III Exhibition Fair Forum on Disability|
The third exhibition fair forum around the issues of disability was conducted on June 14 at Sheraton Metechi Palace involving governmental and non-governmental local and international organizations, 48 in total. The Forum hosted panel discussions about issues of concern to persons with disabilities, exhibition and sales of products and items made by the disabled beneficiaries themselves and was concluded with the awarding ceremony.
The forum has become a traditional event aiming
at raising public awareness on the problems and needs of PWD by inviting large
audiences to see and hear reports from governmental and non-governmental
organizations about their achievements and future plans in the field of
It is noteworthy that for the first time in the history of these forums the current one was also attended by representatives from Polish and Azeri human rights organizations.
The III Exhibition Fair Forum was organized by
Coalition for Independent Living and Save the Children in frames of the
USAID-funded project “Supporting Equal Opportunities of Persons with
Disabilities” with the contribution from Tbilisi City Hall.
The audience were greeted by Jonathan Conly -USAID Mission Director in Georgia,
Leslie Wilson – Head of Save the Children Georgian office, Irine Qurdadze –
Deputy Minister of Education, Giorgi Vashadze – Deputy Minister of Justice,
Mamuka Qatsarava – Head of Social and Cultural Department of the City Hall and
Giorgi Dzneladze, Chairman of Coalition for Independent Living.
The event was concluded by the awarding ceremony. The jury commission consisting of professionals from human rights organizations, governmental bodies and art organizations selected 13 winners in the following nominations:
Maia Khoshtaria and Shalva Maisuradze – Best photo about disability
Documentary film “Ramp” - Directed by Lasha Kikvilishvili and Kaki Khifshidze
Nutsa Kopaliani – Best tv-spot (Internet TV www.itv.ge)
Open Society Georgia Foundation – Best project by international organization
Union for Employment of Persons with Disabilities – Best project by local organization
Kikala Studio TV – Best social video
Lana Beridze – Best newspaper article (Newspaper Resonance, May 14, 2011)
Geocell – the company with highest social responsibility
Ministry of Justice – the most accessible state institution
Free University – for creating the most accessible learning environment
Dimitri Shashkin – Lobbyist of the year from the governmental sector
Rati Ionatamishvili – Lobbyist of the year from the non-governmental sector.
At the end of the event Treasury Company, as one of the sponsors of the Forum, awarded Rati Ionatamishvili with a special prize for contributing greatly to the welfare of PWD and for raising public awareness. Geocell also gave presents to all of the nomination winners.