Online meeting on “Developing the capabilities of Councils working for people with disabilities and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic”

The meeting was attended by heads and members of councils
for people with disabilities, and by representatives of PwD communities from six
municipalities of Imereti – Kutaisi, Sachkhere, Terjola, Baghdati, Samtredia
and Zestaponi; it was led by Lika Kiladze, Chairperson of the Board of the Education
Development and Employment Center (EDEC).

As part of the event, Giga Sopromadze, Executive Secretary
of the Tbilisi Municipal Council for Persons with Disabilities, presented
“Guidelines for the Establishment and Effective Operation of the Council
for people with disabilities” created within the frames of the project
“Equal opportunities for people with disabilities.” The purpose of the guideline is to promote the fulfillment of all obligations under the UN
Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and to increase the
effectiveness of activities carried out by government agencies to support
people with disabilities.

The discussion was held within the framework of the EU-funded
project “Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities.” It is implemented
by Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Georgia (ASB Georgia) in cooperation with its
partner organizations, the Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC)
and the Accessible Environment for Everyone.

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