Collective action and advocacy to improve children’s rights in Georgia

The official launching of  the project “Together for Children: Stronger NGO Coalitions in the Black Sea Region”  will take place on March 12, 2014 at 09.30 AM, in Beaumonde Garden hotel, 6a Marshal Gelovani Str, Tbilisi, Georgia

 The new initiative aims to strengthen the child-focused NGO coalitions from Black Sea Region countries to effectively address national and regional child rights and child protection issues.

In Georgia, the National Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare, which consists of 36 leading child focused organizations, is the main player of project.  Despite the government’s efforts to improve the lives of the vulnerable children and youth in Georgia, a number of challenges remain that result in a lack of adequate care and protection. Issues include endemic poverty, lack of adequate services for youth, inexistence of preventive and family support services, the social exclusion of children and youth with disabilities, and domestic violence.

The Georgian Coalition aims to substantially increase the participation and relevance of civil society actors in policy dialogue and more accurately represent the needs and interests of vulnerable children and youth. Civil society organizations and, in particular, their coalitions are crucial for advancing the child protection reform if they can present a united message favoring reform and viable models for intervention.

“Together for Children: Stronger NGO Coalitions in the Black Sea Region” is financed by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the the Romanian Official Development Assistance and implemented through UNDP – BRC (Bratislava Regional Center), in partnership with World Vision Romania, the Romanian Federation of Child NGOs and FONPC’s counterparts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.

You can download the agenda here.