On January 10, work with youth was restarted. A cycle of meetings began and 5 trainings were held.

First five activities of the month: youth empowerment centers operating in the municipalities of Vani, Bagdati, Samtredia, Kobuleti and Tkibuli.

Training topics: gender equality, traditions and stereotypes for the prevention of violence. Ways for conflict resolution.

Students - participants of the meetings - were actively involved in the work process, despite the online format. Teachers also took an active part in Samtredia and Tkibuli. As noted, this work improves the leadership skills of young people, gives them the motivation to do more. The members of the centers have already formed a schedule for the initiated events - how they will apply the acquired knowledge. For independent work, they choose different forms (meeting with peers, preparing a video clip, writing an essay, etc.).

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

“Information is the most powerful tool for solution of any problem, especially when the problem concerns domestic violence”; “The information we received, is important for everyone. We will disseminate it everywhere so that every woman knows what mechanisms exist in terms of women support”, these were the opinions of the participants of the information meetings held on the initiative of the Women Support Centers of Zugdidi, Vani and Bagdati.

According to the participants, informing process contributes to early identification of cases of violence and timely response to them. As a result of the meetings, specific cases were identified and women who are at risk of violence were redirected to a psychologist.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

 

Women Fund "Sukhumi" - such a new organization appeared in the Non-Governmental sector at the end of 2021. The old name - Cultural-Humanitarian Fund “Sukhumi” – was left in the past.

The word "success" was mentioned many times at the last meeting of the year.

The overall results and achievements of the organization in 2021 were summarized by the Chairman of the organization - Alla Gamakharia and the Head of Tbilisi Representative Office - Ekaterine Gamakharia, project coordinators, assistants, mobilizers of 10 Women Support Centers.

The past year was difficult, full of challenges, but it was also distinguished by many things:

Successfully completed project in 8 municipalities of Imereti, Guria and Racha-Lechkhumi.

Numerous activities and successful advocacy campaigns at the municipal and national levels

Publications published in frames of various projects

The psychologist and the lawyer do not talk about the details of the meetings with their beneficiaries. This is as it should be - the information is confidential.
But they prefer to give figures.
According to the figures, in December:
6 group meetings of a psychologist and a lawyer were held with the beneficiaries of Terjola, Senaki, Samtredia, Kobuleti, Chokhatauri and Tsalenjikha Women Support Centers.
The meetings were attended by 88 people from 27 to 68 years old.
5 beneficiaries received psychological therapy.
Psychological work was carried out with 6 beneficiaries of a rehabilitation center.
Work was carried out with 3 crisis families.
25 beneficiaries continue to receive individual psychotherapy online.
The lawyer held 7 online individual consultations and 2 meetings in the office.
The figures tell much ... This is the support to women...

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

The trainings held in the youth centers were followed by additional initiated events: information meetings, film screenings, recording of interviews, videos...

One part of the event was held in early December and was dedicated to the 16-day campaign, while the other part responded to the topics covered during the trainings: early marriage and tolerance. The youth centers of Samtredia, Bagdati, Vani and Tsalenjikha carried out the majority of activities. All works of young people are presented on the Facebook page of the Women Fund "Sukhumi".

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

It was sent to us by a non-governmental organization from Zugdidi. After being physically abused and experiencing fear of death, she called the police and decided to return to her mother in Kutaisi.

35 years old.

Childhood was not easy, dad often came drunk, there were permanent quarrels and scandals... Once day, when returning home drunk, he was hit by a car. She was in the 8 - th grade. At the age of 18, her mother married her by matchmaking in one of the villages of Samegrelo. He was 10 years older.

The first two months of marriage were happy. His parents left (they lived and worked in Russia), They stayed alone, and she thought that it would be even better, but ... jealousy, control, criticism began: “you do not do it well”, “don’t dress like this” , “Why are you going to the neighbors”, “you have a lot of things to do, stay home”, “who brought you by taxi”, “who are you waiting for”...

Accounting course was completed at the Fund "Sukhumi" Day Rehabilitation Center. The participants of the course passed the theoretical basics of accounting, regulation of accounting in Georgia, organizational legal forms of enterprises, legislation acting in Georgia, accounting methodology.

At the last meeting they were awarded with certificates. As they mentioned, this stage of teaching was important in their lives. The knowledge and experience gained will help each of them to implement future plans.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

Forum-theater actively returned to the working process. Performances started in Kutaisi parks and squares. At the same time - new performances are being prepared, interesting videos are being recorded, which will be archived and posted on the social network. The videos of the forum-theater. on our Facebook page, are awaited with special interest by the audience. An important news - volunteers who were involved in the performances appeared.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

Tsalenjikha, Samtredia, Kobuleti, Zugdidi, Senaki - a cycle of trainings was continued in December in the youth centers of these five municipalities - this time on the topic of tolerance and early marriage. There was active discussion and most importantly, trust from the participants, which was noted by the teachers.

The trainings had leaders who started to initiate the events. Teachers, directors, parents were actively involved - 1255 pupils participated in the initiated events.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

The meeting of round table format was held with participation of local referral entities of Vani Municipality: representatives of local self-government, police, educational resource center and civil sector, members of the City Council Gender Equality Council, school teachers,

A presentation of the research held by the Fund in terms of monitoring of victim assistance services was held, which was followed by a discussion across the municipality in terms of violence identifying and victim assistance. The participants also received information about the work, carried out with the support of the Canada Equality Fund: a unique website "Digital Resource Center for Violence Victims’ Services" was created, information meetings and social events were held. Local government officials thanked the Fund “Sukhumi” for its assistance to women victims of violence in Vani Municipality and expressed their willingness to cooperate in implementing more sustainable and long-term programs / services for victims.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

 für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Germany)

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