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Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as condition of professional and social activation - Georgia

In April 2014, Georgian authorities signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Implementation of the convention provisions requires monitoring of the situation for persons with disabilities and monitoring changes in domestic law. Unfortunately, since that time the situation for persons with disabilities in Georgia has not changed and the process of ratification is progressing very slowly. At the meeting of the Council for Disability in the Council of Ministers, it was established that monitoring the situation for persons with disabilities and implementation of the Convention would be entrusted to a committee composed of representatives of the Ombudsman’s Office, assisted by two representatives of organisations for persons with disabilities. The committee was also to prepare a government report in 2016 for the UN Committee.

Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as condition of professional and social activation - Georgia

The following was carried out under the project:

  1. Seminar 1 – Tbilisi, for 30 activists of organisations for persons with disabilities. Subject matter consisted of a profound analysis of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the purpose of creating conditions for occupational and social activation of persons with disabilities.
  2. Seminar 2 – Tbilisi, for 15 persons who are staff members of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Care, the Ministry of Justice and the Ombudsman’s Office. The subject matter involved joint profound analysis of the provisions of the convention for the purpose of implementing them.
  3. Study visit to Poland – Warsaw, for 18 persons who were selected from among participants of Seminars 1 and 2 to become acquainted with the Polish experiences concerning implementation of the convention and the Polish system for occupational and social activation of persons with disabilities.
  4. Seminar 3 – Tbilisi, for 30 activists of organisations for persons with disabilities, representatives of local authorities, etc. The purpose of the seminar was for participants to become acquainted with various kinds of actions that can be taken for people with disabilities (education, advocacy, monitoring).
  5. Summing-up conference – Tbilisi, for 40 persons. The subject matter consisted of recommendations and a description of the possibility of implementing changes to encourage occupational and social activation of persons with disabilities, along with a discussion on implementation of the convention.

Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as condition of professional and social activation - Georgia

Three seminars, a study visit to Poland and a summing-up conference took place. In the course of the project, 33 participants of Seminar 1 gained in-depth knowledge of the specific notions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the role of this document and its significance for persons with disabilities. The provisions of the convention were presented to 18 staff members of ministries and government agencies, followed by discussion of problems that may be encountered during implementation of the convention. During a study visit to Poland, 19 persons (including the coordinator on the part of GIP-T) became acquainted with the Polish system for activation of persons with disabilities and with Polish experiences concerning implementation of the convention. Various types of actions (education, advocacy, monitoring) to encourage activation of persons with disabilities were presented to 30 activists of NGOs and representatives of local authorities, who are now implementing these actions in their practice. The participants prepared a number of monitoring projects which will serve as the basis for drawing up alternative reports. Project participants and implementing entities drew up recommendations for changes in the Georgian system of social and occupational activation of persons with disabilities, which were then presented and discussed at the summing-up conference and in the public media (radio, TV).