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In the frameworks of the project “Women for Equality, Peace and Development in Georgia” implemented by UN Women with the support of the Government of Norway the conference on women, peace and security was organized with the participation of internally displaced and conflict affected women on 5 May, 2011 in Anaklia of Samegrelo region. UN Women in close cooperation with the Parliamentary Council on Gender Equality Issues has launched elaboration process of the National Action Plan (NAP) for implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000). To this end, several information meetings were conducted with governmental representatives assuring political support to this process. National Action Plan will be a policy document consisting of specific objectives, activities and expected results on the issues of Women, Peace and Security. With the leadership of Parliamentary Council on Gender Equality Issues and technical support of UN Women the working group was created. The core task of the working group is to elaborate the NAP on UN SCR 1325 for Georgia and coordinate the work between different groups.

WEPD project partner NGOs – Women’s Information Center (WIC) and Taso Foundation (TF) are responsible for civil society’s involvement and participation in the NAP elaboration process. They are conducting parallel consultation meetings with grassroots and civil society and sharing the results with the joint working group. Within the WEPD project 45 self-help groups (SHGs) have been established by TF throughout Georgia involving internally displaced and conflict-affected women. Five SHGs participated in today’s conference held in Anaklia and facilitated by the TF community worker. The participants made speeches on UN SC resolution 1325, presented examples of national action plans of different countries, and reviewed the UN SCR 1325 NAP elaboration process for Georgia. At the end of the conference women had discussions on county specific priorities for NAP and have identified the number of core priority areas. One of the results of this conference will be that grassroots women’s recommendations will be shared with the formed working group for their review. The perceptions, ideas, suggestions and recommendations for NAP separately outlined by each group are given below unchanged:

Recommendations from the Self-help group “Progress”

1) Increase of state’s responsibility on safety of children and women;

2) Ensuring creation of protection mechanisms (establishment of bunkers, shelters) as Georgia often becomes victim of armed conflicts;

3) Protect women’s and children’s rights by legal documents;

4) Punishment of the violation of women’s and children’s rights for both sides of armed conflict;

5) Promote women’s access to the communications and information in order to economically empower women and make them independent;

6) Increase of female staff employed in state structures to be mandatory;

7) Create state programs to raising awareness on women’s rights;

8) Create political training and employment centre at the Parliamentary Council on Gender Equality Issues, where successful graduate women of political sciences will gain more knowledge and be employed.

Recommendations from the self-help group “Anaklia”

1) Ensure women’s protection by national law;

2) Ensure women’s and children’s timely evacuation upon possible conflicts;

3) Raising awareness on women’s safety;

4) Providing psycho-social rehabilitation to women;

5) Provide access to special health-care programs for internally displaced and conflict-affected women;

6) Maintain of gender balance in governmental and non-governmental structures;

7) Prepare grounds for women’s participation and their involvement in peace-building processes;

8) Carrying out reforms aiming and promoting transformation of society’s perception and attitude change;

9) Popularization of UN SCR resolutions on women, peace and security;

10) Promote women’s participation and involvement in decision-making on national security issues;

11) Promote women’s inclusion in peace missions;

12) Provide education of military staff in gender issues;

13) Popularization of successful women’s lives (throughout meetings, conferences etc.)

 

Recommendations from the self-help groupTolia

1) Promote protection of victims of sexual and gender based violence;

2) Encourage organizations to have gender balance in employment policy;

3) Involvement women in decision-making and leadership positions;

4) Support internally displaced and conflict affected women’s free-of-charge psychological services;

5) Mainstream gender equality principles into school age children’s education programmes.

Recommendations from the self-help groupNefa

1) Establishment of gender equality resource centers throughout Georgia;

2) Ensure women’s education and strengthening their active involvement in political processes;

3) Close cooperation with political parties for supporting gender balance;

4) Conducting monitoring on the implementation of UN SC Resolution 1325.

5) Assessment and reporting on women’s needs and conditions in Georgia;

6) Increase of number of female staff in local municipalities;

7) Increase the role of local municipalities in peace building processes

8) Encourage women to initiate the actions and implement peace building and mediation efforts;

8) Provide education on women’s rights and support the attitude change on traditional perceptions on gender;

9) Considering the women’s needs while making local budgeting;

10) Increase the role of media on women’s security and peace processes.

Recommendations from the self-help group “phenix”

1) Provide information and awareness raising of local population on the UN SCR 1325.

2) Involving men while working on gender equality issues;

3) Eradication of non-punishment syndrome;

4) the problem is that majority of women are involved in public life only after they grow their children and there should not be age barrier, women of any age should have the opportunity to work;

Majority of women noticed that this was the first time when they were allowed and offered to provide their feedback and suggestions on policy level work, before they were never asked to express their opinions in relation to such important issues. Women expressed gratefulness to WEPD project for such an opportunity. After completion the conference they were concerned they could not express themselves very well and as needed, however one should not forget that these people have witnessed and experienced the entire horror and results of the war. Their opinions are driven from their life experiences and therefore all suggestions by them are very important. Many of them deem themselves lost; therefore it is essential that elaboration of national action plan for implementation of UN SCR 1325 will support women’s safety and security. Women expressed that they would like to participate in the peace-building and mediation processes, here is one of the quotes of the conflict affected woman from Samegrelo region:

“I will never want a war to break out, because in this case a man will have to go and fight, for whom I want to be a woman and live a peaceful life”.

p.s. you can leave your opinion in the form of comment.

The more people are involved in this process, the better action plan will be.

Remember, we are creating our own future now!

Good luck!

Written by Khatia, Taso Foundation Community/Social Worker in Samegrelo Region

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