Terre des hommes Moldova Foundation won the European Union Award for "Democracy and Good Governance" category. The prize – offered “for the best initiative that promotes democratic changes in society and in decision-making, the fight for human rights, the participation of under-represented groups - women, young people, people with disabilities, minorities, etc.” – was handed over by the Ambassador of Sweden, Signe Burgstaller.
"I want to thank, first of all, the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Moldova for the support and trust given to Terre des hommes Moldova foundation. We are a child protection organization, and we have great ambitions and plans, but we cannot succeed without support. I want to also thank our implementation partner in this project, the General Inspectorate of Police and, implicitly, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, who have shown openness and great interest in learning something new. And I want to thank, not least, to children and parents who have been very actively involved – they have manifested extraordinary interest and great involvement. Without them, this project would not have been so successful. Thank you very much for this appreciation, it is very important for our team", said Ludmila Ungureanu, director of Tdh Moldova, on receiving the award.
Tdh Moldova won the prize for the project “Strengthening the Capacity of Law Enforcement, Inter-Agency Coordination and Civil Society Organisations to Address Discrimination and Ill-Treatment of Children within the Justice System in the Republic of Moldova”, implemented among December 2013 – December 2015.
Following the implementation of this project, more than 500 police officers from both banks of the Nistru River know how to interact more professionally with children, and a new compulsory discipline on police practices in child protection and child assistance was introduced in the educational plan of the "Stefan cel Mare" Police Academy. Also, the cooperation between various child protection specialists in working with children in contact with the law has become more effective. At the same time, through an extensive information and awareness campaign, "Know Your Rights with Us", more than 110,000 children aged 10 - 17 and over 40,000 parents became more informed about children's rights at the initial contact with the justice system.
The European Union Awards for Civil Society from the Republic of Moldova is at its first edition, and the Gala was organized under the auspices of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The EU Delegation in the Republic of Moldova has launched this year the EU Awards for the Civil Society from Moldova in order to recognize and encourage tangible achievements and initiatives of civil society organizations at the national, regional and local level, funded by the European Union. For the first edition of the awards, the EU Delegation has identified five categories of prizes to highlight those actions that have had a lasting and positive impact on democracy, economic development and social cohesion in the Republic of Moldova that have promoted European values and contributed to improving people's lives.