In order to solve the problem selected by the Khoni women's network in the IDP settlement, a meeting using the “One window” principle was held at the community education center.

The following problem was selected for advocacy: Demolition of old buildings in the former military settlement.

The meeting was attended by IDP women, a member of the City Council, representatives of the City Hall Spatial Arrangement and Infrastructure service, Economic Development and Architecture departments.

The process of advocacy will continue at the central level, the local self-government will be actively involved in the process.

The project is implemented with the support

 of the UN Women organization

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Meeting in Zugdidi City Hall

  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022
  • 17 times

Women Fund "Sukhumi" held a meeting with "one window" principle in the meeting hall of Zugdidi City Hall.

The following issue was selected for advocacy: construction of a new, typical building with modern standards for the Kindergarten "Tsitelkuda" (“Red Riding Hood”) in Ingiri community.

The meeting was held in a hybrid method and was attended both on site and online by invited guests - Representatives of the Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality, a representative of the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia, the Chairman of Zugdidi Municipality City Council, representatives of Abkhazian territorial unit, a representative of the Mayor in Ingiri community, IDPs from Abkhazia and local women.

The result of the meeting is that the local self-government will be actively involved in the advocacy process and it will continue at the central level.

The project is implemented with the support

 of the UN Women organization

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September 21 - International Day of Peace.

  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022
  • 14 times

September 21 - International Day of Peace - has been celebrated by the UN General Assembly since 1981.

Fund "Sukhumi" also celebrated this day and dedicated a number of activities to it - informational meetings and actions that continued during a month.

This day is very important for us, because it is the best expression of what is the main goal of our work and what do we want to achieve.

About 20 meetings on this topic were held with Women and Youth Initiative Groups in target municipalities, members of the groups took part in actions and joined the international campaign.

The project is implemented with the support of the USAID

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Kutaisi IDP Women Initiative Group held a meeting using the proven and successful "one window" method.

According to the agenda, the problems identified as a result of the needs research were discussed. Among them is the rehabilitation of the short road (260m) leading to the IDP settlement "Kotejebi". This section of the road does not belong to Kutaisi municipality and it needs to be handed over to the city. An opportunity to solve the problem was already found and it will be solved in a short period of time.

The project is implemented with the support

 of the UN Women organization

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Day of Ukrainian Cuisine - in Fund "Sukhumi"

  • Thursday, 15 September 2022
  • 25 times

Women and children from Kherson, Odessa, Kyiv, Bucha, Chuguev... Women Fund "Sukhumi" has become their home - here they understand their pain, help and support them.

In June, the staff of the Fund prepared Georgian dishes for these women with their own hands, invited them to the Fund and laid a delicious Georgian table - “supra”.

Then was the suggestion for Ukrainian women to do the same in response.

On a sunny September day, pretty women - Marina, Anya, Zhanna, Natalya, Tatyana brought delicious dishes. The table was set in the yard: borsch with sour cream, Kyiv cutlets, pancakes with apples, Lviv cheesecakes, dumplings with cabbage, potatoes, cheese – in a word, a lot of delicious dishes.

It was not only an exhibition of Ukrainian cuisine. These were sad stories of women, memories of Abkhazia, emotional speeches of invited guests...

The Day of Ukrainian Cuisine at the Women Fund "Sukhumi" was at the same time a day of tears and joy, pain and faith in victory, the day of hope, friendship and love!

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

für die Welt - EvangelischerEntwicklungsdienst (Germany)

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Info-sharing meeting in Gori

  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022
  • 26 times

On September 14, 2022, an info-sharing meeting between the participants of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) and civil society representatives in Gori was held.

At the meeting the audience was addressed by the State Minister on Reconciliation and Civic Equality - Thea Akhvlediani, UN Women Representative to Georgia - Kaori Ishikawa; Head of the EU Monitoring Mission - Marek Szczygieł, Deputy Director of the Information and Analytical Department of the State Security Service - Irakli Antadze and the representative of the Office of the Minister of State for Reconciliation and Civic Equality - Zviad Zviadadze.

Ekaterine Gamakharia, representative of Women's Fund "Sukhumi"’s Tbilisi office, in her speech, focused on the restriction of movement for the Georgian population living on both sides of the Enguri river near to the conflict dividing line with Abkhazia, as a result of the suspension of issuance of movement documents by the de-facto Abkhaz government from January 2022. She highlighted the challenges that women encounter due to the restriction, namely crossing the dividing line by roundabout ways, at their own peril; surrendering to Russian soldiers, which cost them fine payment in exchange of release; This not only negatively impacts on their emotional state and increases stress but also puts on them a heavy financial burden. She also spoke about the complicated procedures and restriction of transporting products and cargo at the checkpoints, which hinders both the economic activity of the population and cooperation with the Abkhaz side in general.

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Civic forum

  • Monday, 12 September 2022
  • 43 times

On September 12 the Women Fund "Sukhumi" organized a civil forum on the topic: "Promotion of Peacebuilding in Civil Society by Women and Youth Initiative Groups -for Sustainable Peace".

The meeting was attended by members of the Youth Initiative Group of the Fund "Sukhumi" from Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Senaki, Khoni, and Zugdidi municipalities.

At the beginning of the meeting, the invited experts emphasized the importance of youth involvement in peace activities, talked about the peace instruments that exist in the form of national and international documents.

Based on the specifics of individual municipalities the initiative groups worked on what needs to be done on the ground to implement the main tasks that are possible to introduce a culture of peace and promote sustainable peace in society.

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civil forum

  • Monday, 05 September 2022
  • 72 times

On September 5 the Women Fund "Sukhumi" organized a civil forum on the topic: "Promotion of Peacebuilding in Civil Society by Women and Youth Initiative Groups -for Sustainable Peace".

The meeting was attended by members of the Women Initiative Group of the Fund "Sukhumi" from Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Tsalenjikha, Senaki, Khoni, and Zugdidi municipalities.

At the beginning of the meeting, the invited experts emphasized the importance of women's involvement in peace activities, talked about the peace instruments that exist in the form of national and international documents. The importance of peace initiatives, which will contribute to the introduction of a culture of peace in the society, was analyzed.

Based on the working format, the Women Initiative Groups have worked, taking into account the specifics of individual municipalities. What needs to be done on the ground to implement the main tasks that are possible to introduce a culture of peace and promote sustainable peace in society.

The work of the groups showed that with the help of the Women Initiative Groups, it is possible to implement such initiatives that will contribute to the reduction of aggression in society and the restoration of trust between conflicting parties.

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These people need special psycho-rehabilitation. Our service is ready to help. There are 255 Ukrainian refugees in our base, and three psychologists work with them.

Despite the vacation, some activities were done in August.

Manana Gotsiridze: - in August, 2 meetings were held with Ukrainian families in Vani and 4 meetings in Kutaisi (6 families - 12 people). It was primary psychological consultation, taking of medical history, further invitations to psychological consultation. Products, hygiene items and clothing were delivered to them.

Anna Shalimova: - 2 online consultations were held in August, where further recommendations regarding the problem were given. I also had one face-to-face consultation in the office. One client for further long-term work was taken on her request. There was 1 acquaintance with a new family who recently arrived in Georgia.

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