Tbilisi. September 25, 2017. Within the framework of the Anti-stigma Campaign “See Every Colour”, UNICEF announces a contest to identify the best experience in protection and advocacy of rights of children with disabilities among the municipalities. The contest will be announced on September 25 and remain open for 4 weeks.
Local government and self-government play an important role in the matter of protection and advocacy of the rights of children with disabilities.
The contest aims at identification of municipalities, which have the best experience and social programs ensuring accessible environment for the children with disabilities (adapted infrastructure, public transport, entertaining facilities) and care for their development and social inclusion. Furthermore, the contest intends to single out the municipality having contributed to the protection and advocacy of the rights of children with disabilities.
As a result of the contest, on October 17, the jury, composed of representatives of international and local organizations protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, will nominate three winner municipalities.
Children with disabilities are one of the most isolated and discriminated groups in Georgia. According to UNICEF’s study, by reason of incorrect knowledge and discriminatory prejudice, over 40 per cent of population of Georgia have negative attitude and stigma towards children with disabilities. Aforementioend stigmas, negative attitude or positive discrimination prevent children and adults from development and social integration and systematically deprive them of the right to equality.
The Campaign “See Every Colour” is being implemented at the initiative of UNICEF with support of EU and USAID and active involvement of children with disabilities and their parents. The goal of the campaign is to change attitudes and standards of social behavior and disseminate information on children and youth with disabilities.
Educational events held by anti-stigma movement throughout Georgia will help the society to:
· Comprehend the myths associated with persons with disabilities and realize reality;
· Establish contact with persons with disabilities and get assured of their capabilities and potential;
· If necessary, learn how to help a person with disability to develop and how to develop one’s own self;
· Learn how to coexist with persons with disabilities enjoying equal rights with them.