“So much information in one space is a comfort. I think that this web page should have a large scale PR. Representatives of the Mayor, who often meet with the population, should be informed about it”.

“Success stories were very emotional... These stories should be examples so that many people can see and be convinced that it is possible to change lives for the better.”

This is a feedback of the people who participated in the meetings held in Tskaltubo and Tsalenjikha. The meeting participants got acquainted with the web page and learned how to use the information posted on it.

 

The project is implemented with the support the Equality Fund (Canada)

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Place of the meeting - Didinedzi

  • Saturday, 02 July 2022
  • 61 times

Place of the meeting - the village Didinedzi, Zugdidi municipality.

15 participants - local school teachers and community representatives.

The informational meeting was devoted to the actual topic of violence. The presentation of the web page created by the Women Fund "Sukhumi" - "Digital Resource Center of Services for Victims of Violence" was of special importance.

The meeting participants noted that the web page is indeed a digital resource center that contains all information, contact numbers necessary for violence prevention andvictim. It was also said how important meetings with the rural population are. It is necessary that many people learn about the web page, spread the information and use its capabilities.

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The Center for Psychosocial Services of the Resource Officer of the Educational Institution informed the representatives of international, professional state and non-governmental organizations operating in Georgia about the results of the activities carried out in the last 6 months and the current projects.

Our representative - Linda Chikhladze also attended the meeting, who shared the experience of working with up to 100 schools of the Women Fund "Sukhumi" in Western Georgia in the field of violence prevention, gender equality and establishment of a tolerant environment. She also expressed personal sympathy for piloting of school mediation and, according to her own experience, focused on the need and timeliness of Peer Mediation in public schools.

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The presentation of the new monitoring report “Importance of Behavior Change Programs of the Perpetrator at an Early Stage and Existing Best Practices" organized by the Women Fund "Sukhumi" Tbilisi office was held online through the Zoom platform, and presented by the researcher - Nino Korinteli.

Together with the representatives of state agencies and local organizations, the meeting was attended by representatives of international organizations and public officials of 10 municipalities of Western Georgia.

"Thank you very much for organizing such an important event, where we, the representatives of various agencies, experts, representatives of local governments are given the opportunity to share our experiences, findings, statistics, achievements, challenges to filling out information. similar meetings always create the preconditions for new initiatives, changes and services,” – Indira Robakidze, the head of Tbilisi Crisis Center for Victims of Violence.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

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A meeting of the Inter-Agency Commission of Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence was held by the Interagency Human Rights Council was conducted in a hybrid mode. The session was attended by representatives of relevant agencies of the central government and representatives of international and local civil society organizations. The meeting was chaired by Niko Tatulashvili, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Human Rights.Participants shared the key individual achievements and challenges that accompany the process of working against gender equality, women and domestic violence.

Linda Chikhladze, a representative of the Tbilisi office of the Women Fund "Sukhumi" also participated at the meeting. She shared the experience of the Fund "Sukhumi" with the participants during the discussion and, despite the short time, focused on urgent needs. In particular:The importance of childcare services to promote women's employment and effectively prevent domestic violence;The importance of identifying women / domestic violence at an early stage through the involvement of the Mayor's representatives in the villages. At the same time, she also spoke about increasing their gender sensitivity and the need for vocational training;Barriers to access to municipal services that prevent the affected woman from accessing services in another municipality during a crisis situation due to the absence of victim status and registration; Linda Chikhladze also asked about the current situation of violent behavior correction programs and whether they plan to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

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"If not such meetings, I would not have information about the self-government programs, it seems that many things were taken into account and, I am sure, not many people, like me have information about it".

"I not only got information, but also passed a little training on how to use the online space to get interesting information".

This is the feedback from meeting participants. Meetings were held with beneficiaries living in Terjola, Samtredia, Bagdati and Vani municipalities. They learned how to use the Internet properly, how to find the necessary material or document. Detailed information was also spread about the website of the Women Fund "Sukhumi" "Digital Resource Center of the Services for Victims of Violence".

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Three days in Borjomi

  • Monday, 09 May 2022
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"The importance of inter-agency cooperation and coordination on the issues of domestic violence/violence against women at the local level" was the topic of the training held in Borjomi.

The training was attended by the representatives of local self-government from 15 municipalities of Western Georgia (Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Khoni, Samtredia, Terjola, Bagdati, Tkibuli, Senaki, Zugdidi, Poti, Tsalenjikha, Lanchkhuti, Chokhatauri, Ozurgeti, Kobuleti).

On the first day, together with getting acquainted with each other, many things were interesting and important:

- Presentations of the research conducted by the Women Fund "Sukhumi" on: ”The importance of correction of the rapist’s behavior at an early stage” and the rapid assessment of the needs of the Mayor's representatives in 10 municipalities of western Georgia;

- Information about the website “Digital Resource Center of the Services for Victims of Violence” - http://sosfsokhumi.ge;

- Presentations and discussion of programs implemented by municipalities against violence towards the women.

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Gender-based violence takes on many forms during conflicts, as we are witnessing in Ukraine. Rape and sexual violence are used as tools of war, and women and girls face higher risks of trafficking, as well as domestic violence and exploitation. Women’s specialist support services (WSSS) play a vital role in supporting survivors of violence, both during the conflict, as well as in the medium and long-term in post-conflict areas.

WAVE, with the support of the OSCE, started a new project to address capacity building and exchange of promising practices between women’s specialist support services to better support women survivors of violence in conflict and post-conflict areas. The WAVE members involved in the project are the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (Yerevan, Armenia), Women Fund Sukhumi (Kutaisi, Georgia), Foundation United Women Banja Luka (Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina), and Centre “Women’s Perspectives” (Lviv, Ukraine).

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Detailed information about the web page

  • Tuesday, 19 April 2022
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“Such a meeting is important for me. There was a detailed explanation on how to enter a web page, how to find and download the necessary information.”

"It's hard to be a single mother and allocate time to educate yourself. These meetings are useful because they explain how to use the web page."

"So much information in one space is a comfort... I'm already thinking whom to consult, whom to help."

This is the feedback from the participants of the online meetings held in April. Meetings were held with women from the municipalities of Kobuleti, Chokhatauri, Senaki and Tkibuli. They received detailed information about the website of the Women Fund "Sukhumi" - "Digital Resource Center of Services for Victims of Violence" - www.sosfsokhumi.ge - why it was created, what materials are posted, how to use, how it will help vulnerable groups.

The project is implemented with the support the Equality Fund (Canada)

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