1. NGO work.
Disability Awareness Programme.
Main materials for the 4th film, "Rights
of Disabled People" were prepared. TV crew plans to finish
it by the middle of January.
The 5th radio programme was broadcasted on the
02.12.97 by the 1st state channel at 21.30. and repeated on
03.12.97 by "Araz" channel at 18.15. The programme was
devoted to the European Day of Disabled People.
The 6th radio programme, which was broadcasted
on 16.12.97 at 21.30 and, as usual, repeated the next day at
18.10, was devoted to the "Family problems of Disabled
People" Duration of this programme was 40 minutes, and, it
is worth to mention, that the journalist, who prepared the
programme, refused to receive the honorarium for it, considering
that as her contribution to disability awareness issue.
A group of journalists highlighting the
disability issue in mass media submitted 5 articles for our
consideration. One of these articles, which will published in the
"Ayna-Zerkalo newspaper in Azeri and in Russian, is
already edited and sent for publication. Other articles are under
The fifth edition of the Regional Disability
newsletter is almost prepared in Russian and English. Some
materials on Disability and news from the disabled people NGOs
from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia will be published there as
usual. If any reader is interested to receive a copy or to
publish relative information in the news letter, then please
1.2 Disabled Women Group (DWG).
This project is devoted to the promotion of the
work of the initiative DWG to further develop it into a
Co-ordination Centre of a Disabled Women Organisations. The work
of the psychological, information and employment subgroups is
This month the group organised a tea- party of
disabled peoples NGOs where participated 60 disabled
people, 7 of them were wheelchair users and 15 guests, among
which were local government authorities, poets, journalists and
musicians. The motto of the meeting was " Break down the
invisible wall between disabled people and society". After
the party the participants had a bus trip to see the
evening/night life of Baku. For the wheelchair users it was first
time they had been out like this for years.
DWG continues to give support to disabled
people and their families. In one instance the parents of a 12
year old disabled girl considered that she didnt need
anything in life but food. DWG discussed her position with the
parents and it was agreed that the girl would attend the
rehabilitation centre on a regular basis. In order for her to
have an active life, the group is now looking for a sponsor to
buy her a wheelchair.
The Employment subgroup have had discussions
with the Government Employment office concerning job
opportunities for disabled women. There was no objection to
disabled women taking up available jobs but it was found that all
the vacancies available were not suitable for disabled people.
At the moment DWG is preparing the Constitution
and other documents to pass the registration at the Ministry of
Justice to become an NGO.
1.3 Information Centre for Disabled
Disabled People association "Design"
- Project is devoted to the creation of the information advising
center for the disabled people and their families members from
Yasamal district of Baku, where the information Center will be
set up (potential beneficiaries are 7,000 people). At the moment
the reconstruction and refurbishment work of the premises is
finished. Staff (2 advisors and 1 Lawyer) have been recruited by
advertisment and interview. Some furniture and equipment for the
centre is purchasing. The official opening of the centre will be
in the middle of January.
2. Women's NGOs.
"Rights of Women in Prison"- Women
Rights Defense Association (WRDA) -
The project is finished. At the moment WRDA is
analysing the results, and impact and makes preparations for the
joint workshop with the participation of the women-prisoners,
prison authorities, NGO and WRDA representatives. Some findings
from the project will be discussed at that workshop.
3. Legal Advice Centre
Independent Lawyers Centre - This project is to
organise Legal Advice Centre in Sabail district of Baku
(potential number of beneficiaries 200,000 people) to provide
free access to legal advise and information on current
legislation for a period of 6 months. Two lawyers and a clerk
will be working full time 6 days a week at the Centre.
Preparations for the opening of the Centre are started. The
official opening of the Centre is expected by the middle of
4. Current projects under consideration
by OXFAM for funding are as follows:
- "Training on Rights and Laws for the
IDP women at the Oxfams community centres" -
- "Consulting Centre on further
development of the private sector and farming"-
- "Monitoring of Womens
Rights" - Hu