Young activists took part in Georgia-wide information Campaign to Promote Women`s Rights
In an inspiring display of activism, a group of enthusiastic young individuals embarked on a journey across Georgia to raise awareness about women's rights. Under the initiative titled "Youth for Women's Rights," these passionate advocates organized meetings in 56 villages spanning 13 municipalities, reaching out to more than 1500 participants through a total of 61 meetings.
The campaign aimed to educate the population of Georgia, particularly those residing in remote rural areas, mountainous regions, villages compactly settled by ethnic and religious minorities, and communities near the occupation line, about women's rights and the various educational and economic opportunities available to them. Prior to the regional meetings, the young participants underwent training sessions conducted by experts in women's rights issues, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the following topics during public discussions:
- Human rights
- Causes and negative consequences of early marriage
- Different types of domestic violence
- Underlying causes of domestic violence
- Pertinent legislation in Georgia
- Actions to take when witnessing domestic violence or forced marriage
- Referral mechanisms, including hotlines and government services
- Vocational and higher education opportunities for girls and women
- Entrepreneurial and economic empowerment programs and services
This widespread campaign not only fostered a better understanding of women's rights but also empowered young individuals to become catalysts for change within their communities. By advocating for equality and inclusivity, these passionate activists have set a powerful example for others to follow, ultimately working towards a more equitable and just society.
Acknowledging the significant efforts of the young activists, on June 27th, a panel discussion was held expressing gratitude for their valuable contributions and exploring future plans. The topic of the panel discussion was the importance of women’s participation in the country's social, political and economic life.
The event, organized by the United Nations Association of Georgia (UNA-Georgia), falls within the framework of the Fostering Inclusive Democracy Program (FID) and the The local Investments in Networks for Knowledge and Skill-share (LINKS) funded by the European Union. The Swedish United Nations Association served as a partner for this commendable endeavor.