Project promoter: M. Ciuzelis Charity Foundation

Summary:

The project aims to mitigate the negative social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on society by providing on the free Silver Line 8 800 800 20 the emotional support and accurate, prompt and reliable information on pandemic issues (including physical assistance at home), with clear instructions on how to deal with a crisis, emotional support and comfort in the event of a crisis, organizing telephone befriending services with volunteers to maintain social relationships.

The project target group: people over the age of 60, especially those lonely and living alone, who face difficulties in exercising their rights and basic needs in the face of the crisis. Being the most vulnerable group to coronavirus, older people do experience higher levels of social exclusion during the quarantine due to the strict prevention measures as well as the information exclusion due to the transition of communication to the digital space. Increased anxiety and panic over COVID-19, pose at a greater risk the psychological health of older population. “Sidabrinė Linija” a Coronavirus hotline helped to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the target group and the society at large.

Project implementation period: 28/04/2020 - 28/06/2020

Project promoter: Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights

Project partner: Lithuanian Anti-Poverty Network

Summary:

The project encouraged Lithuanian society to support actively the efforts of non-governmental organizations and researchers by persuading decision-makers to take into account the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society while combating the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. Using social media and online media the project's information and advocacy campaign attracted 1900 active citizens' votes in support of proposals to the government to ensure adequate incomes, affordable social services and adequate protection of human rights in the crisis response. The advocacy and communication activities carried out during the project mobilized a critical mass of active citizens and media attention and, thus, will have a lasting impact on the development of the state, while improving the representation of the interests of the most vulnerable groups in society.

Project implementation period: 28/04/2020 - 28/06/2020

Project promoter: Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter

Summary: 

Problem: The Law on Protection of Whistleblowers is already in effect in Lithuania, yet many institutions do not ensure the safety of the internal reporting channels. Only one out of five people are willing to report about corruption. The main reason for not reporting is the fear of retaliation. 

Solution: An advocacy campaign to enhance whistleblowers’ protection, based on the insights from the evaluation of internal reporting channels of 117 public sector institutions conducted in co-operation with the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Results: (1) better TI Lithuania’s advocacy work and monitoring of institutions based on the insights obtained; (2) increased level of transparency, accountability, and good governance of the institutions in question; (3) improved opportunities for more active citizen monitoring of institutions; (4) enhanced co-operation of TI Lithuania with its partners.

9 out of 10 institutions provide the employees with an opportunity to report wrongdoing at work

Project implementation period: 1/5/2020 – 30/11/2020

Project promoter: Lithuanian Junior Doctors‘ Association

Summary:

The second part of the project "At the Front Lines" was implemented during the second quarantine in Lithuania. This part of the project was supported by a large team of physicians who shared the latest information on COVID-19 prevention, spread and the potential consequences to humans' health. The content and aim of the project in the format of videos, articles and photos were shared in the most popular Lithuanian online news platform DELFI.lt. During quarantine, the project contributed to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the society, improving the image and credibility of Lithuanian healthcare providers and the health system as a whole.

Implementation period: 7/11/2020 – 30/1/2020

Project promoter: Siena.lt, investigative journalism center

Project partner: Lithuanian Journalists‘ Union

Summary:

The project implemented several activities, targeted at increasing transparency and defending right to information and free speech in Sirvintos, a Lithuanian region heavily dominated by a narrow group of political power players. The project included three online trainings for local independent journalists and activists. The trainees were presented with tools and techniques of investigative reporting, their professional skills were significantly improved. In the next stage of the project, two investigations were conducted, exposing the most influential politicians of the region: Zivile Pinskuviene, the mayor, and her spouse Jonas Pinskus, elected to the Lithuanian parliament in the Sirvintos constituency. The investigations revealed that some of the mayor’s wealth is of unknown origin, with several indications of money laundering risks, while her spouse has been concealing ties to people affiliated with organized crime, cigarette smuggling and money laundering. The investigations reached at least 60,000 people. The public, both locally in Sirvintos and on the national level, was well informed about the problematics of freedom of speech in Sirvintos, and the transparency of local government was increased, although the politicians themselves assaulted the journalists and called them a “well organized gang” of “criminal journalism”. 

Implementation period: 1/12/2020 – 12/4/2020

Project promoter: Lithuanian Center for Human Rights

Summary:

Project aimed at increasing awareness and interest of teachers and students about relevant human rights issues, existing on the current political agenda of the Government and on the migration crises at the border of Lithuania. In the framework of the project three e-newsletters „I think“ were prepared on the topics. Each suggested carefully crafted and selected texts on the topics, reflecting a variety of positions. The three topics covered were Partnership law, migration crisis and Istanbul Convention (in relation to the renewal of the Law on Protection against Domestic Violence). As the result of the project, we helped to educate teachers and students about the mentioned human rights topics, develop critical thinking, media literacy, respectful and argumentative discussion skills, and in the long run - to the stronger civil society. 

Implementation period: 01/05/2021 – 31/10/2021

Project promoter: National Institute for Social Integration

Summary:

Implementation period: 01/07/2021 – 31/12/2021

Project promoter: National coalition of non-governmental organizations

Summary:

The project “Strong Regions - Strong State” aims to strengthen the competencies of the non-governmental sector representatives who are delegated to Partner Groups under the Regional Development Councils. The main objective of the project is to ensure that delegates can properly represent the non-governmental sector in the regions, contributing to changes in public policy. The main focus is on the development of representation, submission and presentation of proposals or recommendations, advocacy, decision-making, and the development of negotiation competencies. The project also created and is developing a network of delegated representatives. Cooperation and communication between them, sharing of experience and good practice is encouraged. Experts from national umbrella organizations also took part in the networking, sharing their experience. It will also continue to share insights, relevant documents and issues from his / her supervised sectors after the end of the project.

Implementation period: 20/06/2021 – 20/12/2021

Project promoter: Association of Families (Šeimų asociacija)

Partners: the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (Lietuvos žmogaus teisių centras) and the Lithuanian Students' Union (Lietuvos moksleivių sąjunga)

Summary: As the elections approach, radical rhetoric and disinformation are on the rise in the public sphere. Misinformation on family policy issues, including the Life Skills Programme, the adoption of the Civil Union Law, and the reform of recreational forms for children in kindergartens, is being actively spread. This spread of misinformation threatens to halt programs, disrupt children's education, and prevent necessary reforms from being implemented. The public authorities have not provided funding for a communication campaign, leaving an information vacuum.

In an ad-hoc project, the Families' Association, together with its partners, aims to carry out a communication campaign to reduce the impact of misinformation and to promote a debate based on scientific information and arguments. The target audience of the communication campaign is families and parents, politicians, and the education community. After developing the communication campaign plan and content, and creating and defining communication criteria tailored to the target group, the goal is to run and manage a two-month campaign on the organizations' websites, Facebook, and Contribee platform.

Implementation period: 10/10/2023 – 15/01/2024  

Project promoter: Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter (VšĮ „Transparency International” Lietuvos skyrius)

Summary: Civil society organisations are currently denied free access to public data in public registers, such as the State Enterprise Centre of Registers, although they are involved in public decision-making processes for public good, make proposals to public authorities and provide open, free access to their research results to the public. The EU Court of Justice has said that both journalists and CSOs have a legitimate interest in free access to such data. 

Solution: A CSO Advocacy Coalition has been set up and a regulatory model has been prepared and submitted to the authorities on which CSOs should have access to such data, for which purposes and according to which criteria.

Planned results: (1) stronger evidence-based advocacy by Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter and other CSOs, monitoring of public sector institutions on the basis of primary data; (2) increased public interest advocacy; (3) conditions for increased citizen participation in civic activities.

Implementation period: 10/10/2023 – 15/01/2024

 

 

Project promoter: NGO "Monitor Rights" (VšĮ „Stebėk teises“)

Summary: Following the discussion about the suspension of the Life Skills Programme, the LMS has supported the Life Skills Programme, LMS position was supported by youth and human rights organisations. The appeal to politicians stresses that attempts to remove sex education topics are detrimental to proper education. It is noted that disinformation campaigns against the Life Skills Programme in Lithuania are particularly active, antagonising society, spreading fake news on social networks, and misinterpreting the content of the programme. This is a national problem that can have a direct negative impact on sexuality education in schools. The project will aim to provide accurate information on the content of the programme and sexuality education. Information campaigns will be organised to explain the benefits of the programme, and a round table discussion will be initiated to invite NGO representatives for effective implementation. Following the discussion, recommendations will be sent to the relevant authorities.

Implementation period: 10/10/2023 - 15/01/2024 

Project promoter: Association "Vilnius Women's House" (Asociacija „Vilniaus Moterų namai”)

Summary: On September 28, 2023, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania submitted a referral to the Constitutional Court requesting an opinion on the compatibility of the Istanbul Convention (IC), one of the most progressive international instruments to address violence against women, with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania. To encourage the ratification of the IC, it is necessary to disseminate truthful information about the IC's content and objectives in order to counteract the misinformation spread by radical right groups. This project aims to capitalize on the heightened public discourse on the Istanbul Convention by implementing a concentrated information campaign to cultivate a favorable attitude towards the Convention and foster an environment conducive to its ratification. The project will empower NGOs by enhancing their advocacy skills and provide them with the necessary tools to inform the public in order to promote positive public perceptions of the Convention.

Implementation period: 10/10/2023 – 15/01/2024

Project promoter: House of Diversity and Education (VšĮ Įvairovės ir edukacijos namai)

Partners: the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (Lietuvos žmogaus teisių centras)

Summary: From September 2023, the Life Skills Programme is being implemented in Lithuanian schools to develop students' ability to recognise and cope with problems as they arise. Although it seems to be very relevant and useful in the current context, there has been a massive campaign of misinformation and resistance in the public sphere against the topics covered by the programme and an attack on organisations working on sexuality issues. This project aims to disseminate quality information that is consistent with the human rights discourse, backed by scientific knowledge and good stories, and that reaches out to moderate parents who are worried about their children and to the human rights community that is ready to contribute to the dissemination of human rights principles through the available channels. This will be done by collecting and organising scientific data on the prevalence of human rights issues among young people, and using this material as a basis for relevant social media messages. At the same time, youth stories will be collected that reveal the lack of information and knowledge and, using the voice of prominent opinion leaders, broadcast publicly to raise awareness of the scale of the problem and the need for Life Skills Programme.

Implementation period: 10/10/2023 – 15/01/2024