The White Gloves
“The White Gloves” (Lithuanian: „Baltosios pirštinės“) is a politically-independent watchdog organization that bases its activities on a national network of volunteers, who monitor national elections in Lithuania and reports all unlawful practices to law enforcement agencies. “The White Gloves” employ a number of tools and initiatives to support the Lithuanian civic society and to fight political corruption nationally, including independent electoral monitoring, voicing expert opinions on corruption and electoral violations, publishing cases of unlawful practices.
Since 2012 “White Gloves” has involved more than 2000 young people throughout the country in the process of independent observation and comment of the public life. By taking the role of a watchdog, “White gloves” empowers young people to become active citizens by involving them to volunteering activities, e.g. flash mobs, pickets, campaigning in social media, and especially – impartial observation of elections process.
Civic movement “White Gloves” is an excellent example of a civic empowerment significantly contributing to the development of civic dialogue Lithuania.
Why do we need it?
During the first stage of the 2012 Lithuanian Parliamentary elections, active citizens noted a number of instances of vote buying practices as well as cases of political corruption. The public movement, “The White Gloves”, began as a reaction to both the corruption and violations of the ordinary voting procedures. Since then, “The White Gloves” has involved more than 2000 young people throughout the country in the process of independent observation and comment of the public life. By taking the role of a watchdog, “The White gloves” empowers young people to become active citizens by involving them to volunteering activities, e.g. flash mobs, pickets, campaigning in social media, and especially – impartial observation of elections process.
What are we striving for?
Transparent elections achieved through active civic involvement in electoral process.
Inspire citizens to take responsibility for transparent and fair elections
Empower members of society to monitor and report about corrupt practices during election period
Publicize and fight corrupt and opaque practices
Objectivity: we are impartial with regards to political parties or politicians.
Transparency: we declare our team, activity reports and yearly financial reports publicly.
Confidentiality: we guarantee the confidentiality of personal information provided to us.
Analysis: we investigate based on solid facts, not interpretations; we distance ourselves from any preconceptions.
Responsibility: we take responsibility for our actions and are accountable to citizens of Lithuanian Republic.
Independence: we are independent from political powers; our members do not belong to parties; we do not participate in political campaigns; we do not have any financial ties with political parties or individual politicians.
How are we going to achieve our goals?
A. Monitoring: professional, constantly operating and appropriately financed watchdog.
B. Publicity: bringing to public attention corruption practices and political manipulations; publishing of independent expert opinions; establishment of a center for investigative journalism.
C. Education and training via direct interactions with opinion leaders nationally, meetings with the representatives of local communities, non-governmental organizations and businesses.
D. Other activities that strengthen and encourage civil participation (e.g. blitz events, flashmobs and pickets, public discussions, legislative initiatives, partnerships with like-minded organizations).
Activities that will help us reach our goals
1. Maintaining a professional, appropriately financed “The White Gloves” management team.
2. Constantly updating national network of volunteers based on active local communities.
3. Monitoring elections.
4. Establishing a center for investigative journalism, aimed at delivering a high quality expert content.
5. Adoption and spread of analytical reports prepared by external sources.
6. Identification of the problem areas and public criticism of negative examples.
7. Spread of ideas nationally via events, lectures, media and other channels.
8. Active and public communication with political parties seeking to achieve higher political, administrative and electoral standards.
9. Cooperation with other similar initiatives (i.e. "Skaidrumo linija", "Šioje šalyje nėra vietos šešėliui") in order to avoid duplicating the activities and to capitalize the synergies.
10. Encouragement of active citizen expression, including actions, pickets and flashmobs.
Outcome for you, your society and your community
Electoral transparency requires a consolidated society governed by an accountable government that acts upon democratic principles and procedures.
Transparent and professional state governing leads to increasing well being of citizens their respective communities.
Stronger communities foster a sense of security socially, politically and even economically.
How can you support us?
You can actively support us by offering your counseling or mentoring.
We are constantly looking for independent financial sources to expand our capabilities vital in implementing our goals.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org