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Strengthening of women’s rights in Western Georgia

Strengthening of women’s rights in Western Georgia Goal of the project:
Strengthening the rights of vulnerable groups of women and girls in western Georgia.
Women Non-Governmental Organization. Cultural-Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi" is implementing this project. Donor is an international organization – Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklunsdienst (Germany).
It is already third stage of the project and its implementation period is 2014-2017. Under the project social work is processing with victims of domestic violence, risk groups of violence, IDPs, vulnerable women and girls.

Women Support Centers are established in six settlements of Imereti and Samegrelo regions (Cities: Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Senaki, Poti, Khoni and village: Khurcha). The centers provide psychological and juridical consultation, identify cases of violence and control them by referral mechanism.
The centers’ representatives advocate problems of vulnerable women with their active involvement at the local level. Especially, active mobilization of community is carried out in the compact settlements of IDPs.

Informative and educational activities are carried out with youth in order to protect their rights and develop various capacities. Themes are: Conflict Management, a professional master classes, civic activism. Youth initiatives are encouraged. Implementation of the Law of protection from violence is being monitored under this project and recommendation proposals are being prepared.

An important part of the project is to create new professional and civil opportunities for internally displaced and disadvantaged youth and to improve quality of pre-school education and environment. Under this framework three kindergarten (where mainly IDPs and disadvantaged children study) were equipped by proper inventory, 7 youngster received personal computers and 4 youngster received sewing machines.

Strengthening of women’s rights in Western Georgia Project results:
As a result of the project, level of protection from domestic violence is improved in the region. This is revealed by conducted monitoring, which shows that women are more likely to express their position and to ask for help relevant authorities. 6 women received the status of a victim of violence and the relevant state aid.
The project regularly cooperates with the local authorities to work out the gender agenda. Number of issues where supported by the local budget: create adopted environment and programs for disabled persons, One-time assistance to victims of violence, increase accessibility of pre-school education for especially vulnerable groups of women.
6 youth clubs that are comprised by internally displaced and disadvantaged youngsters are united into the network, which implements initiatives toward the environment protection and advocacy vulnerable group’s rights. Thanks to the project, the social inclusion level of internally displaced and disadvantaged youth live in peripheries is significantly increased that is reflected in projects they implemented.
The project is regularly enriched by organization’s contribution. Other international donor organizations are being interested in support internally displaced and disadvantaged women. Our organization is focused on the long-term programs of development.

Strengthening of women’s rights in Western Georgia
Beneficiaries of the project:
Vulnerable groups of women

Project promoter:
Women Non-Governmental Organization. Cultural-Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi" (ქალთა არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაცია, კულტურულ-ჰუმანიტარული ფონდი „სოხუმი“)

Western Georgia: Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Senaki, Khurcha, Poti, Khoni

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What people say

"The project gave me possibility to enhance my capacities for future. This is motivation for me to become more active and self-confident."
Ana Robakidze, 16 years old project beneficiary from Terjola

"Eliso, Ela, Mariami, Liza, Zauri, Beka – we are glad as we brought new opportunities to the life of these cheerful and motivated youngsters. Youth lives in rural areas, need projects that make their life more interesting."
Lela Jalaghonia , project manager