In November, the International Campaign "16 Active Days Against Gender-based Violence" begins. Youth clubs of 10 municipalities of Western Georgia are actively involved in the campaign. Before the start of the campaign, online working meetings with the leaders of the Youth Clubs were held and plans of activities were discussed. Young people have interesting ideas, and their activity will be demonstrated during 16 days.
Young Leaders’ School is working with young people to strengthen them and to form leadership skills. The work is carried out in 9 municipalities of Western Georgia - Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Khoni, Terjla, Senaki, Poti, Khurcha / Koki (Zugdidi municipality), Lanchkhuti, Ozurgeti. These are information meetings about gender and domestic violence, workshops on conflictology for young people, meetings with boys, formation of a group of young trainers, trainings and various meetings with participation of young people.
When discussing the topic of violence, adolescents draw parallels with stereotypes and traditions that represent women as subordinates. That is why these questions were discussed at the meetings of the Youth Clubs: “Forms of violence. Equal society. Traditions and Stereotypes”.
After each meeting, the motivation of groups and the desire to actively participate in the process of preventing violence grows more and more.
The meetings were held online with the Youth Clubs of the schools No. 5 in Kobuleti, No. 12 in Kutaisi and the village Pakhulani (Tsalenjikha municipality).
“I first learned about escalation”, “You explained this topic to us in an interesting and understandable way”, “When will the next meeting be held?” - This is the feedback from the students.
The conflict escalation was discussed at online workshops with the conflict management groups from school No. 5 in Kobuleti, school No. 2 of the village Lia (Tsalenjikha municipality) and the village Gurianta (Ozurgeti municipality).
The pupils got acquainted with video lesson on the Facebook page of the Fund "Sukhumi" and expressed their opinions. With the help of the messenger, the conflict expert sent them small stories in which the escalation stages are clearly visible.
At the end of October, 4 more workshops were held - with members of the conflict management group in Poti school # 4, village Koki (Zugdidi municipality), Kveda Simoneti (Terjola municipality) and the Georgian-American school "Progress" in Kutaisi. This is how the planned 10 workshops of the month were completed.
The participants of the workshops, together with the conflict expert of the Fund "Sukhumi", discussed the reasons of conflict. Lack of money, different values, distorted information - according to the participants, these reasons often cause conflicts. In the end, they noted that as a result of such meetings, they learn how to avoid conflicts or resolve them peacefully.