"Women's participation in public and political life and economic activity - existing barriers and opportunities" - this is the title of the report of the consolidated data of the research conducted by the Women Fund "Sukhumi" in six target municipalities.

The  aim of the research was to study the attitudes of various society groups towards women’s participation in political and public life and economic activities. The attention was focused on views and stereotypes prevailing in society about women’s role, as well as on the barriers and facilitating factors.

The publication was prepared in the framework of the project: “Bridging the Gap: People to People -Initiatives for Conflict Resolution”.

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The project is implemented with the support of the USAID

I joined the Youth Initiative Group created by the Fund "Sukhumi" almost a year ago and I learned a lot during this not so long time.

Different activities, information meetings and trainings were very informative for me. I think that the Fund “Sukhumi” will make a great contribution in relations between Georgian and Abkhazian peers. Each of our trainers and leaders do their best for our development. Once again, I would like to thank each member of the Fund "Sukhumi" for the knowledge and experience I gained while working with them.

Some of the participants attended the training for the first time and really liked this form of teaching. The experienced ones were were more actively involved in work.

Why the conflict analysis is needed? How to manage conflict? The teenagers talked about these and many other issues with the trainer.

The training was held for Senaki  Youth Initiative Group. Various methods - discussion, game, group work, presentations - made the training process fun and interesting.

 

The project is implemented with the support of the USAID

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

Nino Kantaria - an active member of Kutaisi Youth Initiative Group.

This is her success story...

This project gave me the opportunity to show myself as a leader, during group work, as an active member, active citizen.

The project gave me the opportunity to learn very important issues such as peace and conflict, tolerance, gender equality, the role and function of an active citizen. Within the framework of the project, I met interesting people, listened to interesting trainings and gained important knowledge and experience that I will definitely use in the future.

Civic forum

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.

civil forum

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.

Despite the summer holidays, our women continue to work actively and take care of solving new problems.

Women Initiative groups are already working on issues that will be advocated in the near future.

Information meetings were held, where the advocacy plan was introduced and final versions were elaborated.

At this stage, the topics of advocacy are: "Additional placement of garbage bins in the IDP settlement located on Abkhazeti Street in Khoni", "Women's passivity and less involvement in economic activity." "

" Women's passivity, indifference, less involvement, mentality, lack of knowledge in economic activity."

The project is implemented with the support of the USAID

On August 12, the world celebrates International Day the Youth.

This day was founded by the resolution of the United Nations Assembly on December 17, 1999 and on August 12, 2000 the civilized world celebrated the International Day of Youth for the first time. The United Nations called on the international community to recognize the intergenerational relationship and solve the problems of people of different ages jointly, to raise the awareness of young people about existing problems, risks and ways to solve them.

This date is specially celebrated by the Fund "Sukhumi", which has been working with young people for a long time and gives great importance to this direction.

The members of the youth initiative groups held information meetings, made presentations, provided their peers with comprehensive information about this important day, showed short films and at the end of the meetings organized a discussion on what challenges the new generation sees in today's reality.

The project is implemented with the support of the USAID

In July, informational meetings with women initiative groups were held in the target municipalities of Tskaltubo, Senaki, Khoni, Kutaisi, Tsalenjikha and Zugdidi.

The main issue that was discussed at the meetings was the promotion of women's economic empowerment.

The women were provided with information about the programs are presented in their municipalities, how to get involved in these programs and what are the opportunities for cooperation.

 

The project is implemented with the support of the USAID

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