rights movement in Georgia started at the end of the 80’s when a wave of
national freedom swept the country. Before this time, the disability movement
was not proactive, but rather consisted primarily of protests.
(including hunger strikes) were held in front of the parliament building, the
State Chancellery, the Public Defender’s Office and other state buildings.
Disabled activists then were demanding respect for their rights, equal opportunities
and improved conditions for a dignified co-existence in the society.
result, in early 1990’s a a nascent community of disabled activists established
an alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) focusing on different
categories of disabled persons such as the blind, the deaf, wheelchaiusers,
parents of children with disabilities, disabled athletes, etc. These
organisations, who were unhappy with the lack of government support for various
groups of disabled persons, banded together to demand that the government
support equal opportunities for everyone.
under the leadership of the Legue of Disabled, a coordinating council of
disability NGOs was established which was officially registered as the Coalition
for Independent Living in 1999. The CIL underwent a secondary registration in
2003 and today the CIL umbrella brings together 28 NGOs working in various
issuses of disability.
same time the CIL itself is a member of local and international alliancs and
forums, such as: Georgian
Eastern Partnership National Platform, European
Network on Independent Living (ENIL), World Disability Union
(WDU) and European Disability Forum