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Accessible environment for all

13 October 2012

Children with disabilities protested in front of the Yerevan Municipality to have proper conditions for realising their rights as active citizens.
On 12 October 2012, within the framework of the EU-funded “Speaking for myself” project, the “Mission East” and “Bridge of hope” NGOs organised a protest march to the municipality. The participants– children with disabilities, their parents and members of the aforementioned NGOs –“walked” from Republic Square with posters with slogans “Yerevan is my city too” and “Accessible environment for all”.
Participants had prepared a letter for the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, which stated that currently too many projects were being developed and implemented by the Municipality aimed at the improving the capital and its transport networks, but that people with disabilities remained isolated without sufficient opportunities to “enjoy their city”. The letter stressed that people with disabilities and special needs were deprived of the elementary right of free movement, particularly visiting educational, cultural and health locations, using public transport, and generally enjoying public life. Nairi Melkomian, coordinator of the ”Bridge of hope” NGO, declared that the participating children met many difficulties every day because of inconveniences in Yerevan. Therefore, they wanted to have the necessary conditions to live as active citizens. Zara Batoyan, a representative of the “Bridge of Hope” NGO also said that it was possible to making many changes to Yerevan; therefore, they were laying a claim to the Municipality to establish the necessary conditions.

The EU-funded “Speaking for Myself” project, aimed at voicing the hopes and concerns of children in Armenia, was launched in December 2010 and will end in December 2012. The budget of this project amounts to almost €500,000.

Accessible environment for all

Children with disabilities protested in front of the Yerevan Municipality to have proper conditions for realising their rights as active citizens. On 12 October 2012, within the framework of the EU-funded “Speaking for myself” project, the “Mission East” and “Bridge of hope” NGOs organised a protest march to the municipality. The participants– children with disabilities, their parents and members of the aforementioned NGOs –“walked” from Republic Square with posters with slogans “Yerevan is my city too” and “Accessible environment for all”. Participants had prepared a letter for the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, which stated that currently too many projects were being developed and implemented by the Municipality aimed at the improving the capital and its transport networks, but that people with disabilities remained isolated without sufficient opportunities to "enjoy their city”. The letter stressed that people with disabilities and special needs were deprived of the elementary right of free movement, particularly visiting educational, cultural and health locations, using public transport, and generally enjoying public life. Nairi Melkomian, coordinator of the ''Bridge of hope” NGO, declared that the participating children met many difficulties every day because of inconveniences in Yerevan. Therefore, they wanted to have the necessary conditions to live as active citizens. Zara Batoyan, a representative of the “Bridge of Hope” NGO also said that it was possible to making many changes to Yerevan; therefore, they were laying a claim to the Municipality to establish the necessary conditions. The EU-funded "Speaking for Myself" project, aimed at voicing the hopes and concerns of children in Armenia, was launched in December 2010 and will end in December 2012. The budget of this project amounts to almost €500,000. [gallery link="file"]