“Agenda-50” The rights of person with disabilities: agenda for Belarus

About of project:

Period: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

Budget: € 408,159.950, EU contribution - € 387,751.950

Implementing agency: Office for the Rights of People with Disabilities

Location: Liepieĺ, Stolin, Valožyn, Ščučyn, Babrujsk

Description

On September 24, 2015, the Republic of Belarus acceded to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a year later it ratified that instrument.  The Convention provides for respect for the rights and basic freedoms of people with disabilities, their recognition as full-fledged members of the society. The project is aimed at bringing the national legislation in line wit the Convention, as well as at introducing changes into the Belarusian law enforcement practices.

Goal and objectives: Develop local agendas/strategic documents to help people realize the spirit and meaning of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities for five pilot areas (Liepieĺ, Stolin, Valožyn, Ščučyn, Babrujsk).  Actively engage local residents in the process. Bring together people from different regions for experience exchange and mutual support, thus facilitating the design of the national policy on people with disabilities.

Intermediate outcomes: A research on the Capacity and Available Options for Introducing Local Planning Mechanisms in Belarusian Regions to Provide for Respect for, Encouragement and Full Implementation of the Rights of People with Disabilities, which findings informed the selection of five pilot project implementation areas.

The 22 Steps Manual was developed for applying the best practices of Poland in providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities in Belarusian conditions.

Round tables and seminars were arranged in each of the five selected towns to discuss strategic agenda development engaging all stakeholders: local governments and general public including people with disabilities.

The project participants made a study visit to Poland, where they had an opportunity to learn about the work of nongovernmental organizations and public agencies in the field of issues of peoples with disabilities.

The announced mini grant contest helped identify, for all pilot areas, nongovernmental organizations for implementing the Conventional principles in the field.

Contacts: Lene Petersen +4521274623, lene.petersen@post.tele.dk

Documents: Research report (abridged version)

Hyperlink: www.disright.org Companies Section