A working meeting was conducted in the municipality of Mestia to address the urgent needs of women and youth affected by the conflict
A working meeting was conducted in the municipality of Mestia to address the urgent needs of women and youth affected by the conflict. The meeting was organized following the "one window principle," which involves the coordinated efforts of all relevant stakeholders and decision-making bodies, focusing on a rights-based and gender equality approach to rapidly address social, legal, and economic issues.
The meeting was chaired by Mamuka Gachechiladze, a gender issues expert, and attended by Anna Nemsadze, the coordinator of the security direction of the "Women, Peace, Security" project, and Elene Rusetskaya, the chairwoman of the board of the "Women's Information Center." They discussed previously collected, verified, and documented data reflecting the urgent needs of residents in the villages of Idliani and Chuberi.
The meeting employed an interactive format. After the presentation of thematic materials, issues were discussed through a question-and-answer session, involving local women leaders and residents of the villages of Idliani and Chuberi in presenting their problems.
The "Women, Peace, Security" project recognizes the crucial role of women in advocating for their communities' issues, aiming to empower women and children affected by the conflict and enhance their participation in peace-building processes.
Maizer Japaridze, the chairman of the Mestia Municipality Council, expressed the municipality's commitment to considering the identified needs and striving to address them to the extent possible, using available resources and involving decision-makers.
Prospects for future cooperation were also discussed during the meeting, and for issues where solutions couldn't be identified at this gathering, an advocacy campaign will continue with the involvement of higher authorities.
This meeting was part of the coalition project "Women and Youth for the Implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda at the Local Level." It is implemented by the "Women's Information Center," the womens fund "Sukhumi", and the IDP Association "Content," with the support of the United Nations Women's Organization.