Human rights advocacy faces serious challenges in Lithuania. Civil society often lacks knowledge and tools for effective representation of vulnerable groups. The project aims to develop women’s and human rights NGOs’ advocacy skills and competences. It seeks to strengthen civil society’s influence on legislative and political initiatives in order to improve the quality of democracy.
One of the core activities of the project is preparing and presenting an alternative report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This will be partially guided by the results of four regional focus groups. Awareness raising campaigns and advocacy events will be organised throughout the project, promoting non-discrimination and CEDAW recommendations as an advocacy tool.
The donor project partner KUN Center for Gender Equality (Norway) will contribute its know-how and many years of experience in the field of women’s rights. It will assist in organising and take part in the Norwegian-Baltic NGO forum in Vilnius.
The main beneficiaries of the project will be representatives of the civil society, politicians, women, media and public at large.