The project is implemented by the partnership of the Lithuanian Equality Body – the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman (OEOO) – and two non-governmental organisations the association “Lithuanian National Forum of the Disabled” (LNF) and the Association “Lithuanian Gay League” (LGL). The project is developed in accordance with the priorities of the call and with the national strategic document for 2013-2014. To strengthen and disseminate good practice results of the PROGRESS programme implementation in Lithuania, project partners will implement the project in cooperation with the National Equality and Diversity Forum (NEDF), members of which are non-governmental organisations representing vulnerable groups of residents that experience discrimination. NEDF was established in 2010 under the PROGRESS programme and plays an important role in shaping the equal opportunities policy on the national scale.
The main objectives of the project are:
- to strengthen the NEDF through ensuring its sustainable development and to utilize the strengthened capacities of the Forum in the field of non-discrimination mainstreaming through practical integration of equality issues in national policies;
- to document and to monitor the instances of discrimination and stigmatization in various settings with the view of developing evidence-based advocacy strategies;
- to implement targeted interventions with the view of empowering and building acceptance of the most socially vulnerable and stigmatized groups within the Lithuanian society (e.g. the disabled, Roma people and LGBT* community);
- to raise awareness around equal opportunities in general and about specific challenges, faced by various minority groups, through the application of innovative and interactive strategies and methods.