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Abrupt refusal to fund higher education tuition fee for students from Tsalenjikha and Zugdidi municipalities, living in villages along the conflict dividing line caused numerous socio-economic problems for them and their families. The recent emergency report of Fund “Sukhumi” highlights the main challenges caused by the cancellation of the “students grant” on the population, as well as provides specific recommendations to reduce the negative impacts. 

 

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 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

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The Fund "Sukhumi" presents its new rapid assessment report – “Dashed hopes of the fire-affected population in the Gali district: Needs and response strategies”, which discusses priority needs and human security concerns of the population affected by the wildfires that broke out in January 2021 in the Gali district.

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Fund “Sukhumi” systematically monitors and studies the situation of IDP and conflict affected women and girls living close to the conflict dividing line with Abkhazia and other locations with law degree of security and high risk of violence occurrence. To assess the situation of the population, we developed and launched Gender Responsive Early Warning System (GREWS), which is complex mechanism of gender sensitive conflict analysis. The study was conducted in September-December, 2020 and covered 11 target municipalities of Fund «Sukhumi» - Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Terjola, Khoni, Senaki, Poti, Zugdidi (Koki, Khurcha, Shamgona, Kakhati), Tsalenjikha (Pakhulani, Tskoushi), Lanchkhuti, Ozurgeti, Kobuleti and the villages adjacent to the conflict dividing line in the Gali district (Nayui96evi and Saberio).

The new publication: „The Gender Dimension of the COVID-19 Crisis: Assessing the Efficiency of Pandemic Response” provides detailed information about the impact of pandemic on the human security of women and girls living in the target regions of Fund “Sukhumi” and describes population’s attitude towards the efficiency of the central and local authorities’ response to the pandemic.

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The project is implemented with the support of Kvinna till Kvinna,

 womens Foundation (Sweden)

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The Fund "Sukhumi" presents a new publication, “The Gender Dimension of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Human Security”, outlining the key challenges and problems faced by our beneficiaries, especially women and girls.

The rapid assessment aimed at exploring and studying the main problems and gender needs caused by the COVID-19 in the lives of the organization's beneficiaries and developing an appropriate and timely response strategy.

The rapid assessment analysis is published in two languages - Georgian and English.

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“The results of monitoring carried out in frames of “Gender Responsive Early Warning System”- a collection of reports” - is the new online publication of the organization.

The collection includes three reports:

Extraordinary report of the Fund "Sukhumi" regarding the closure of the checkpoint on Enguri, by the decision of the government of Sukhumi - based on the collection of information by the organization’s monitors on June 28-30.

A report reflecting the mood of the Georgian population and the situation during the election process in Abkhazia - based on data collection in June-August 2019;

Report reflecting the attitude of IDPs and the conflict-affected population on issues of violence against women/domestic violence - based on data collection in October-November 2019.

 

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“Peace building and conflict transformation through the implementation of a Gender -Responsive Early Warning System at local level” is the title of a publication prepared by Fund “Sukhumi” in Georgian, Russian and English languages. It shows the linkage between the gender and a conflict early warning system and the importance of women’s involvement all stages of the systems’ development, as well as the experience of Fund “Sukhumi”, and the first steps made for the implementation of a gender-responsive early warning system in communities – success stories in Kutaisi, Tskhaltubo, Khurcha (Zugdidi municipality).

The project is implemented with the support of Kvinna till Kvinna,

 women’s Foundation (Sweden)

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From May 2015 to February 2016 the fund “Sukhumi” together implemented a project: “Strengthening of women’s voices in the process of conflict transformation”.

The work was carried out with support of Federal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

In frames of the project several activities were implemented. At the end of the project, there was printed a bulletin in Georgian and Russian Languages, which implied impressions and opinions of project participants.

The reader can have a full picture of interesting activities and what were the results, how did the project influence on participants.

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For a whole year (15.01.2017-15.01.2018) Fund Sukhumi has been involved in the project “Development of women’s opportunities for elaboration of new approaches in conflict transformation”.

The organization has carried out project activities throughout West Georgia. Trainings with women and youth groups were organized within the project framework. Some of the project participants wrote essays, girls conducted workshops for their peers. A study was carried out and the brochure “Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict, Rethinking Approaches to Conflict Resolution and New Directions for its Transformation” was published in Georgian, Russian and English. This was followed by round-table discussions of the results of the study. At the final stage of the project a meeting was organized in Cyprus and the project presentation took place in Tbilisi. A film on the project was produced and released.

The journal reflects all project activities.

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Fund "Sukhumi" published analytical brochure "Georgian-Abkhaz conflict, rethinking approaches to conflict resolution and new vectors for its transformation” in Georgian, Russian and English languages.

It presents the factors that hinder the building of peace and the positive transformation of the conflict, as well as new approaches for cooperation and development, active work in the sphere of people's diplomacy and the enhancement of the role of women.

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When fund "Sukhumi” started to work on the stories of women peacemakers within the framework of Georgian-Abkhaz women’s joint peacemaking project, we were not fully aware how to form it. One thing we knew for sure – they would not be dry and impersonal stories about women and women’s organizations fighting for peace. Our main target was not only the provision of information, but also the motivation of new women groups to increase the rows of peacemakers.

As it turned out, there are numerous examples of confrontations, bloodshed and destruction. We see split-up societies, millions of refugee families. It is rather hard to find true life stories of women behind the dry reports of historians, Human Rights’ Defenders, and International Institution.

  Gradually, we started collecting the stories.

 The first one was the story of Malala Yusufzai- a girl from Pakistan, whom Thalibs tried to kill because of her thirst to freedom.

Then there was Sharm Thong from Burma – a sixteen year-old girl, whose evaluations were heard from the high UN tribune by the world authorities.

Mother Hawa from Galkayo was an ardent defender of refugee women.

Visaka Dharmadasa, whose story might be Familiar to mother, who lost their kids.

. . . And other names, who were defined by the one of the authors as "women, fighting until their last breath”.

This collection consists of only eight stories, different eight problems, faced by women of different age, social status, and race.

Our beneficiaries, groups of refugee women, had the possibility of getting acquainted with the collected stories. At one of our meetings, the oldest participant lady expressed the common idea, "Today I made sure that women all over the world are united by the similar problems. I have seen myself in these stories many times-I recognized my pain, my dreams. Honestly I felt envious toward the women who are brave, so true to their own nation.”

We hope that this spirit will be shared by those, who will read our collection of stories. It is only the first collection of women-peacemakers stories that will be enriched with new names and experiences.

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The project is implemented with the support of Kvinna till Kvinna,
 women’s Foundation (Sweden)
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