Our Ombudsman Initiative is a coalition of NGOs led by OFOP that has recently mobilised over 1,200 civil society organisations and informal groups in the 8-month campaign for the independence of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights and in support of an independent civil society candidate for this constitutional office. The coalitions is now seeking to cooperate with the newly elected Ombudsman on a wide range of rights issues to uphold citizens’ rights and freedoms.
The coalition’s purpose is to expand and strengthen the social and civic base of the Ombudsman Office, bring together and support civil society actors from various fields (e.g. women’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, children, LGBTQ+ community, ethnic minorities, refugees, as well as healthcare, climate action, poverty etc.), in particular grassroots initiatives, to empower them and amplify their agency and voice. A wide coalition of CSOs around the Ombudsman’s Office will strengthen the Commissioner. The organisations involved will gain vital space for participation and effective advocacy work.