The meetings held by the Women Support Centers in Tsalenjikha, Chokhatauri, Bagdati, Tkibuli and Samtredia municipalities were productive.

Civil activists, representatives of local governments and different spectrum of society discussed effective mechanisms of victim assistance.

The participants of the meeting focused on their own responsibility and spoke about the need to create joint mechanisms to help the victim. It was noted that the unified chain of assistance should not be broken, only it will bring the response effect.

The mobilizers of the Women Support Centers will continue to hold meetings to strengthen coordination in the future.

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Comprehensive daily psycho-rehabilitation work was held in the rehabilitation center of the Women Fund "Sukhumi". 8 beneficiaries lived here for 10 days - women with children. A social worker, a lawyer and a psychologist actively worked with women and a teacher worked with children.

Briefly about one woman:

L. 35 years old, is a victim of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. She came to the rehabilitation center on the recommendation of a mobilizer from one of the Women Support Centers.

“I came here with a bad mood, heavy emotions, hopelessness and tension. For 10 years I waited for my husband to change for the better, but everything became unbearable until it became scary for her life and for her children - then she called the police. Now I am alone with the children. During my stay in the rehabilitation center, I felt satisfaction, security and positive mood. I leave happy, full of hope and goals. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

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The initiative of the monitoring group of the Women Fund "Sukhumi" was first of all supported by Bagdati Municipality - in order to respond to violence in a timely manner, the City Hall established an Interdepartmental Commission to eliminate violence against women / domestic violence, to protect victims of violence and assist them.

The commission is headed by Deputy Mayor Merab Zirakadze. The Commission will cooperate with the Council of Advisors of Bagdati Municipality on the issues of Gender Equality, as well as with the Interdepartmental Commission of the Government of Georgia, working on gender equality, violence against women and domestic violence. It will periodically inform them about the situation on the territory of the municipality, and will provide recommendations on activities to eliminate violence against women/domestic violence, protect victims of violence and provide them with assistance; will coordinate the activities planned by the Interdepartmental Commission of the Government of Georgia and the Gender Equality Council of Bagdati Municipality.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

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- No matter how much time passes, talking about the conflict will always be painful for an internally displaced person, but it is necessary to talk.

- Unfortunately, the borders of Georgia are also moved today, people are kidnapped from their territories.

- It's terrible when you look at the cemeteries of your loved ones from afar.

- We do not want to return Abkhazia by war.

- Many people do not know about the format of Geneva negotiations.

- All social benefits have increased, and the benefits for IDPs are on the same indicator.

- How much time has passed, and the IDPs are still not provided with accommodation.

These are the words of the participants of the two-day training. It is clear what was discussed and what issues were emphasized...

The training was attended by project assistants and 50 members of IDP Women Initiative Groups from five municipalities (Kutaisi, Khoni, Tskaltubo, Zugdidi, Senaki).

The project is implemented with the support

 of the UN Women organization

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Training with Khoni initiative group

"Citizens' participation in the implementation of local self-governance" - training with members of Khoni Women Initiative Group.

The training was held on the background of active discussion.

Legal Acts, principles of self-government financing according to the European Charter, self-governmental unit and its powers.

Lawyer Tamuna Pachulia talked about this and many other issues.

The project is implemented with the support of the USAID

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The cycle of meetings in partner municipalities on: “Inclusion of society in the elimination of domestic violence” continues. The monitoring group and the Women Support Center of the Fund "Sukhumi" held a regular meeting in Chokhatauri municipality. The event was attended by representatives of the Mayor in administrative units, municipal services and different groups of society.

A dialogue was held on increasing the role of local governments in combating domestic violence and assisting the victim.

The meeting participants heard information about the research of the Women Fund "Sukhumi": the need for programs of correcting the rapist’s behavior at an early stage; women empowerment - childcare services. There was also a presentation of the web page “Digital Resource Center of Services for Victims of Violence” (http://sosfsokhumi.ge/).

Representatives of the Mayor spoke about conflicts in families, about the education of the future generation and the challenges that exist in society.

Creation of an interdepartmental commission on domestic violence is at an active stage in Chokhatauri municipality and this is a successful result of partnership with the Women Fund "Sukhumi".

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

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Maia Kardava - her success story

After the war in Abkhazia, they moved to the village, she graduated from school and became a student of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Sukhumi branch on the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics.

She started working as a computer technology teacher at the school and at the same time at the non-governmental organization "GEA XXI".

Her first project was approved by the “Global Fund for Women”. The aim of the project was to help IDP women from Abkhazia, residing across the river.

It was followed by the competition announced by the Danish Council to support the financial empowerment of the vulnerable population and one more victory. Prefabricated machines for the production of metal-plastic doors and windows, which were purchased in frames of the project, are still one of sources of income for the family, under the constant monitoring and updating.

She gained great experience with the joint project of the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation and the Ministry of Agriculture. The project envisaged the development of honey production and the promotion of small entrepreneurship.

At the same time, Maia Kardava's family cares for 350 roots of Italian walnut and lives with the real life of the village.

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“Inclusion of society in combating domestic violence” - an information meeting on this topic was held in Samtredia (organizers: the monitoring group and the Women Support Center of the Fund “Sukhumi”). There were representatives of the Mayor in the administrative units, as well as the services of the municipality and different groups of society.

They talked about increasing the role of local governments in terms of combating domestic violence and assisting the victim.

The participants listened to information about the research conducted by the Women Fund "Sukhumi" on the issues of violence in 10 municipalities, also they got acquainted with the web page "Digital Resource Center of Services for Victims of Violence" (http://sosfsokhumi.ge/).

At the end of the meeting, the participants expressed motivation to become more actively involved in the process of violence prevention and victim assistance.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

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Family conflicts, violence against women, victim protection mechanisms - meetings on these issues were held in the Women Support Centers of Vani, Senaki, Kobuleti, Terjola and Zugdidi.

Participants noted that openness on the facts of domestic violence has been increased, but at the same time, active work is still necessary to inform the population, since many do not know how to respond in case of violence, what is their responsibility.

Participants believe that such meetings are necessary to fill the information vacuum, and to make society ready to resist violence.

The project is implemented with the support of the organization Brot

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