Meeting with the majoritarian candidate
On September 21, 2017, the staff of the Women’s Entrepreneurs Fund, together with other NGOs and representatives of the mass media, took part in the meeting where the member of the Kutaisi sakrebulo , the candidate from “Gamarjveba District” Nato Katamadze, presented a four-year summary of her work.
The report covered several issues – the work of the deputy in Sakrebulo and plans for the future; the implemented and not implemented initiatives were considered. The meeting was held in the mode of questions and answers.
“I am not nominated at this stage, but I do not leave active politics,” Nato Katamadze said.
On September of 7 in 2017 was held a meeting at the office of Imereti Probation Bureau. In which participated project Manager Nicole-Maria Bauer, Yulia Kharashvili and Nana Gogokhia, project Coordinator in Imereti region Mary Gelashvili and project Employees, Head of Imereti probation Bureau Levan Shanidze and bureau staff , also a staff of officers of Crime and Prevention Center
At the meeting they discussed the implementation of the first stage of the project and the implementation of the works, challenges to this stage, as well as preparation for the second stage of the discussion.
In the afternoon was held the workshop on the mentioned issues at the Entrepreneur’s Women’s Integration Center.
Meeting in the Municipality of Tsagery
On September 5th, 2017, the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs organized a working meeting in Tsageri Municipality and its three villages Kvemo Tsageri, Gveso and Chkhuteli.
On this meeting, the organization’s staff questioned population about their problems and needs. The survey was conducted to prepare a proposal application on the topic. Development of agriculture and promotion of women`s involvement in economic and political processes.
The meeting was attended by 21 people.
Master-class in Tsageri
On July 18, 2017 in a frame of the project” Sustainable development of women in Western Georgia- development of professional and personal skills” was held master class in Tsageri Municipality on topic-“Care of Berry Cultures”.
The master class was attended by 25 people. The listeners got information on thorn less strawberry, raspberries, blueberries, their agro technologies, care, useful properties, fetal production, compost production and its use.
In the master class, it was revealed that a group of listeners on the basis of received information will prepare a small area for thorn less blackberry and raspberry seedlings cultivation.
The open door day
On May 30, 2017, an open door day was held in public college “Iberia”. The introductory meeting was conducted within the framework of the project “Step-by-step towards a better future” (project № 675) funded by the EU and the Austrian Development Agency. The project is presented and is a grant recipient organization by HILFSWERK AUSTRIA INTERNATIONAL, and partners in Georgia IDP women Association “Tankhmoba”, Imereti – “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs”, Community College “Iberia”, Samegrelo – Shota Meskhia State Technical University of Zugdidi. The audience was addressed by the project coordinator in Imereti Meri Gelashvi, also the Acting Director of the Public College “Iberia” Ana Tsutskiridze and teachers.
Ms. Meri Gelashvili, Chairperson of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, introduced the participants with the project, presented the team of Imereti Region, who will work with the beneficiaries, and focused on the activities to be implemented within their project.
The teachers of the public college “Iberia” showed the work places to the probationers, where they should take practice in the future and get training.
There was displayed a film “Successful Experience and Results of the First Phase of the Project”.
At the end of the day, the beneficiaries discussed the format of work in the “Integration Center”, signed the Trilateral Memorandum of Cooperation. They obtained social consultant, psychologist and lawyer consultations.
The Fund of Women Entrepreneurs will take part in project development on “Protection of labor safety and health”
Since 2017 the Fund of women Entrepreneurs together with Trade Union of Georgia within the Memorandum of a mutually cooperation, will get into gear of a working group which is created for project development of the law of Georgia on “Protection of labor safety and health”.
Proceeding from the above the Fund of women Entrepreneurs is given the chance to express the vision and recommendations in development of the draft law on “Labor safety”.
On February 16, 2017 in Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee at Parliament of Georgia, the lawyer of the organization made report on the legislative initiative of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs – income tax exemption of women with many children (women who has 3 or more children).
The initiative of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs was supported by complete structure of committee.
Meeting with mentors
On January 20, 2017 in Fund of Women Entrepreneurs , took place the meeting on a subject: “Vision of mentors and the recommendation about development of the Strategic Plan for 2017-2022”
10 people were present at a meeting.
The chairperson of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs – Meri Gelashvili; The Project Assistant Diana Kurashvili; Mentors: A. Tsutskiridze, N. Todua. Mentees: L. Vashakmadze, K. Ketiladze, R. Bandzeladze (Public College”Iberia”), E. Beruashvili, N. Khubulava (I.Javakhishvili State University _Kutaisi Branch); Stakeholders, who passed a training for mentors in Fund of Women Entrepreneurs: Kh. Gogidze (SOS Children’s Village), I. Gogua – NGO “Education and Universe”.
The facilitator working on development of the Strategic plan: The professional – Gundi Dick.
Translator: N. Maghlaperidze
Meeting purpose: Active participation and identification of the vision, goals of mentors, apprentices, stakeholder, and its reflection on the ” situational map”.
On December 23, 2016 , a working meeting of network acting in the Imereti region non-governmental organizations : “Only together we can overcome poverty” was conducted at Women Entrepreneurs Fund’s office. At a meeting participants have discussed the analysis of researches on a legal status of the employed women in the private sector and have defined work priorities for 2017.
At a meeting, the director of “Peace and Business Caucasus” – Alu Gamakharia has revised the document of the agenda on Sustainable development of the UN – “Transformation of our world: the agenda of 2030 on sustainable development” which was signed by 193 countries, among them Georgia.
16 people participate in a meeting.
On December 14th, 2016, the informational meeting was held with beneficiaries and IDPs of Women’s school of Poti. There took place the brief workshop on a subject – the pre-agreement relations and exchange of information before the conclusion of the agreement.
Explained to listeners the importance of the pre-agreement relations.
After the Meeting individual legal advices were given on labor rights.
Signing of the Memorandum of cooperation between Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Georgian Trade Union
On November 21, 2016 in the Center for Civic Engagement, the Memorandum between Fund of women entrepreneurs and Women’s committee of Trade Union of Georgia was signed.
The purpose of signing of the Memorandum – agreement parties undertake to develop jointly: legislative initiatives which will improve conditions of the employed women, to jointly identify needs of requirement of the market and a tendency, to jointly perform exchange of information about human rights violations in employment relationships and protection of the rights of injured persons.
The memorandum was signed by Meri Gelashvili – chairperson of the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Eter Matureli – the chairperson of Women’s Committee of the Trade Union of Georgia.
38 people attended to this meeting.
“Professional”, Chairperson of the Fund and Translator in a process of planning of activities.
The cooperation between “professional” and Fund of women entrepreneurs began with planning of activities of FWE connected with elaboration of ” Strategy Development Plan”. The working plan is signed by the professional and Fund in which preparatory work and implementation of development of the Strategic plan of FWE are provided.
Working meeting on development of the Strategic Plan of the organization
On October 6, 2016 Gundi Dick -“professional” held a working meeting where participated: beneficiaries of the organization, representatives of non-governmental and government sector.
The meeting purpose – increase of involvement of beneficiaries and stakeholders in a process of development of the Strategic Plan of the Organization. Their recommendations will be reflected in the Strategy of the organization that in future will make work of the “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” more effective .
22 people participated in this meeting.
In order to promote the development of the organization, the “professional” – volunteer Mrs. Gundi Dick , seconded by the donor, BROT-Bread for the world- Protestant Development Service for a period of two years in Fund of Women Entrepreneurs.
According to the agreement the professional will assist “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” (FWE) in development of the Strategic Development plan for the organization for 2017-2022; in planning of the project (as according to contents, also structurally), in training of group of fundraising and search of funds.
Meeting of Mrs. Gundi Dick with the staff of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs.
Discussion of an initiative of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs at Free University – National institute on human rights
On July 20th, 2016 the staff of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs at “Free university” together with the special commission (into which entered members of parliament of Georgia Zurab Japaridze and David Darchiashvili, students of Law School -Free University, professors) has considered the legislative initiative of Fund which concerned exemption of mothers having many children (three and more children) from the income tax. At a meeting efficiency and results of the legislative initiative have been considered, the opinion which the fund plans to provide in case of representation of an initiative in legislature has also been expressed.
Conference of the National Platform of Georgia
On June 26-27, 2016 the representative of FWE- Diana Kurashvili has taken part in the conference organized by the National Platform of the Eastern Partnership of Georgia.
The conference purpose was development and approval of the action plan of the signed Memorandum of partnership between committee on integration of parliament of Georgia with Europe and a civil forum of the Eastern Partnership of a national platform of Georgia.
52 NGO of Georgia, representatives of the Parliament and government institutions have taken part in a conference.
Conference has once again revealed need of cooperation of civil society and structures of the power that undoubtedly will help effective implementation of the taken liabilities of the agreement on association and harmonization of the legislation of Georgia with the legislation of the European Union.
On April 21, in Kutaisi, was held a conference – “ Gender components in the local budget- the existing reality, positive changes, future perspectives” , which was organized by “the gender advisory board” at Kutaisi Sakrebulo and by co financing of Fund “Sukhumi”.
At conference, report on following issues: “The gender advisory boards – the purposes of the project, tasks, the achieved results received by cooperation with local government” was made by the chairman of Fund of women entrepreneurs – Meri Gelashvili.
The report contained the analysis about the reached positive changes, gained experience by the Gender advisory boards and further prospects in the frame of the project: “Gender Councils — Advancement of Women in Regions for Social Changes”.
Interview with one of the leader of «Women Movement” – Meri Gelashvili.
On April 5, 2016, in public college “Iberia”, volunteers of volunteer center of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, mentors with their pupils and students with limited opportunities, have together held a meeting on a topic: ” The force is -in unity “.
On March 30th, 2016 in Fund of Women Entrepreneurs was held the working meeting of the network “Together We Will Overcome Poverty” at which ,there were representatives of 10 non-governmental organizations, journalists of local TV: “Rioni” and “MEGA TV”.
Participants have discussed 2 offers developed by Fund of women entrepreneurs:
- A question of removal of 20% income tax from the employed mothers having many children;
- creation of “The advisory centers for strengthening of marital status” in agency of the civil register of the Ministry of Justice for persons interested to register the marriage.
These offers have been supported by members of a network and offers and recommendations which are necessary for improvement of legislative initiatives have been developed.
On March 23, 2016 memorandum of understanding was signed between , Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Kutaisi City Council member, Majority Deputy of “Gamarjveba” Municipality Nato Katamadze. The memorandum aims to: increase and promote women’s role in the process of development of democratic society. As well as to develop joint initiatives and proposals that will increase women’s education, employment and development opportunities.
On March 16th, in Kutaisi, on the volunteer beginnings, the meeting of members of Gender Equality Network of the Imereti region has taken place in the Center for Civic Engagement.
The participants were representatives of local self-government of Imereti region, as well as Deputies Irma Petriashvili, Nato Katamadze, Lela Kelbakiani, Ketevan Khvedelidze, the head of the governmental structure (Government of Abkhazia): Zaza Chachava, non-governmental organizations and civil society representatives.
Total: 35 people, including 32 women and 3 men.
Before the meeting, the participants stood up and have given a tribute to Manana Mebuke memory, the founder and head of the Gender Equality Network.
The work was carried out in a business environment, participants discussed the problems and challenges of gender equality.
Business visit to Poland
From December 5 to December 8, 2015 was invited by our partners in “The center of a volunteers Lublin” Poland.
In a frame of visit, I took part in various activities organized by our partner. The operating schedule was loaded by various activities: there were visits for the purpose of exchange of experience about volunteer activity: A dinner for the homeless, studied work of the organization who created persons with limited opportunities and the working program of school organized by fund.
Worked on a draft of the partner project “Development of the women living in rural areas , which will be presented by our Polish partner, and three organizations from Georgia will be co-partners: “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” – (Kutaisi), ” Kartlosi” – (Gori), and “Atinati” – (Zugdidi).
On December 7, we, volunteers, local government structures, sponsors and “Lublin Volunteer Center” took part in a grand event to celebrate the ” International Volunteer Day.”
Volunteers were awarded by diplomas and “The best volunteer of year” was also chosen. Representatives of Georgia: Women Entrepreneurs Fund, Atinati and Kartlosi were also awarded by Diplomas for active inclusion in the volunteer movement in Georgia “Now our time”.
On October 22, 2015 legal consultations were given to the members of “ Women’s School” in Poti, regarding the problem of resettlement from the flats under the hypothec, also rules and conditions of receiving citizenship of Georgia, who can be given the status of charity organization and what state structure implements giving of the status and etc. Totally 15 consultations were given.
On September 29, 2015 in frame of project: Gender Policies and EU integration – Experience of V4 for Eap Countries, was held first online workshop. The workshop was organized by the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs In online workshop took part the project’s partners from: Ukraine – Gurt resource centre, Czech Republic – Gender Studies, Hungary – Hungarian Women’s Lobby, Slovakia – Institute of Sociology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Poland – Institute of Sociology, Gali – Women’s non-governmental organization “Avangard”.
The following issues were reviewed during workshop: Brief overview of the project, assigning of the roles and responsibilities among partners, reviewing the table of activities: dates and reporting issues, signing of the partnership agreements among partners, discussion of the structure of the analytical articles collection, upcoming Events: Public Lectures.
Project is funded by the International Visegrad Foundation.
Fund of Women Entrepreneurs joined in activity of the international network _ ” 21 September _ the International Peace Day”. The member of the international network, “Peace One Day”, Women Entrepreneurs Fund regarding International Peace Day, held the first meeting with youth of Kutaisi public college “Iberia” and once again reminded students importance and meaning of peace.
At the end of a meeting the youth confirmed desire to live in the peace and quiet world.
40 person took part in the meeting.
On September 21, 2015 the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs together with pupils of Zhiuli Shartava public school of Abkhazia #6 celebrated International Peace Day. On the meeting, the students were explained, that International Peace Day means not only peace between nations, but also non-violence in our society, families and schools. Thus, participation of young people in this activity is very important.
50 pupils took part in this meeting.
On September 21, 2015 regarding the International Peace Day, Women Entrepreneurs Fund visited Kutaisi branch of Tbilisi I.Javakhishvili State University Learning Center, where held a meeting with the lecturers and teachers. They talked about the importance of peace (especially, today’s intensity around the world) and search of ways of fight for peace. At a meeting all are unanimous noted, any sane person on Earth isn’t eager for war, and all have to unite on construction of the peace world.
15 person took part in this meeting.
21On September 21, 2015 Women Entrepreneurs Fund met pupils of the 3rd class of the 2nd public school of I. Otskheli and informed them on value of the International Peace Day. Talked about importance and meaning of the peace. At a meeting were present: production crew of MG-TV, form-master and principle.
50 people participated in a meeting.
On September 21, 2015, at 12 o’clock, in Poti, by efforts of “women’s school”, the public union of refugees placed in Poti and employees of OO “Lazika”, the action took place:” We join the world and celebrate International Peace Day”.
30 people participated in an action.
“Women’s regional union of Lechkhumi” joined Women Entrepreneurs Fund’s initiative: 21 September “ International Peace Day”. Representatives of local self-government participated in this event.
30 person took part in this meeting.
მეწარმე ქალთა ფონდი და მოხალისეთა ცენტის მოხალისეები 21სექტემბერს „მშვიდობის საერთაშორისო დღეს ერთმანეთის მხარდამხარ.
“მეწარმე ქალთა ფონდი” “მოხალისეთა ცენტრის“ – ბენეფიციარებთან ერთად ჩაერთო საერთაშორისო ქსელის აქტივობაში – „21 სექტემბერი მშვიდობის საერთაშორისო დღე“. საერთაშორისო ქსელის „Peace One Day”- ს წევრმა: “მეწარმე ქალთა ფონდმა “ ამ დღის აღსანიშნავად ფონდის თანამშრომლებთან და „მოხალისეთა ცენტრის” მოხალისეებთან ერთად მოაწყო შეხვედრა: ქუთაისის საზოგადოებრივ კოლეჯ “იბერიაში,“ ქუთაისის ჟ.შარტავას სახელობის №6 საჯარო სკოლაში, ქუთაისში, ივ.ჯავახიშვილის სახელობის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტის ფილიალში, ქუთაისის ი.ოცხელის სახელობის 2-ე საჯარო სკოლაში, ცაგერში „ლაჩხუმის ქალთა რეგიონალურ კავშირში და სამეგრელოში, ფოთში ქალთა სკოლში“.
Meeting with government structures of Tsageri
On September 15, 2015 the memorandum was signed between “Fund of women of Entrepreneurs” and local government structures of Tsageri _ the chairman of municipality of Tsageri Sakrebulo and Governor of three villages (Kveda Tsagenri, Gveso and Chkhuteli) who expressed readiness of cooperation with “Fund of Women of Entrepreneurs”.
After signing of the memorandum, informational meeting was held with beneficiaries of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs. Information on the project – “Sustainable development of women in Western Georgia –development of professional and personal skills” was provided to them. A working group was formed of 15 people and plans of future activity are drawn up.
Cooperation with government structures of Tsageri
On September 15, 2015 was signed a memorandum of understanding between NGO of Tsageri “Regional Union of Women of Lechkhumi” and Tsageri Municipality Sakrebulo. The sides expressed a will of cooperation and planned activities for the International Day of Peace.
Information meeting in Tsageri
On September 11, 2015 a meeting was held with local government structures and beneficiaries of Tsageri villages (lower Tsageri, Gveso and Chkhuteli). At the meeting were reviewed the conditions of the memorandum, which should be drawn up between the “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” and the local government of Tsageri. Information on the project: “Sustainable development of women in Western Georgia –development of professional and personal skills” was provided in the form of the press release. Plans for future activities were outlined with beneficiaries.
Meeting at the U.N. women’s organization
On July 31, 2015, within the framework of the project: ”Strengthening of women in the mountainous regions of Georgia” in the Office of a women’s Organization (UN Women), a meeting was held with representatives of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Khatuna Kunchulia (UN Women ).The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the final outcomes of the project. During the meeting, the donor was awarded Fund of Women Entrepreneurs in connection with the successful implementation of the project and its outcomes.
Meeting in Tbilisi
On June 24, 2015, in Tbilisi ,at office of Charity Fund “Caritas”, within the frames of volunteer network
” Now Our Time” took place the next meeting. There were representatives of four organizations: The Public Union “Bridge of Friendship Kartlosi” (Gori),” Association” Atinanti” (Zugdidi),” Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” (Kutaisi) and Charity Fund “Caritas” (Tbilisi).
Meeting purpose: Development of drafting volunteer statement and the strategic plan.
As a result of a meeting , following suggestions were elaborated for drafting volunteer statement and strategic plan in future.
Meeting with local self-government structure
On June 15 2015 within the frames of the project of Women Entrepreneurs Fund: “Stable Development, raising of professional skills and ability of women in Western Georgia” was held a meeting with representatives of local self-government of Letchkhumi (Tsageri) .
Among them with:
Tsageri Municipality Governor – Rezo Benidze; chairman of Sakrebulo –Bakar Kurashvili –Head of Municipality Service of Tsageri – Joni Khaliani and Social Service specialist – Marina Bendeliani.
After introduction of project’s press-release, participants expressed a will to participate and support in activities in frames of the project.
On June 18, 2015 a working meeting of the Network of NGO “Only together we overcome poverty” was held by “Fund of women entrepreneurs”.
Subject of a meeting was definition of a social role of the woman and possibility of its increase at observance of the labor law. NGOs Representatives defined Network activities on which network functioning will be carried out in 2015-2017. Attendees expressed readiness of development and implementation of uniform activities.
10 NGO representatives of Imereti Region were attended on this meeting.
EU delegation in Georgia Visited “Women Entrepreneurs Fund.”
On 17 June 2015, the fund visited Mr. Antonio Lo Poarko Trade Attache and Ms. Ada Nardaia – Trade Officer.
Fund’s staff and Mr. Alu Gamakharia the director of A / O “Peaceful and Business Caucasus” were participated in the meeting.
The topic of the meeting: to inform the regional population of Georgia and the consumers about the affect of the Association Agreement with the EU.
Chair of the Fund Mrs. Gelashvili and Mr. Alu Gamakharia the director of A / O “Peaceful and Business Caucasus”, noted the importance of the meeting, and necessity, especially in the regions in order to raise the awareness of residents about the affect of the EU Association Agreement on Georgian consumers.
Mr. Antonio Lo Poarko expressed a will to participate in the activities, implemented by the organization and explain to the wider society not only the positive effect, which will this agreement bring to Georgia, but also challenges ,which should be envisaged by the country and preventive measures should be taken.
On June 9-10, 2015, the Volunteer Center of Women Entrepreneurs Fund – “Now it’s time for our” volunteers took part in a Polish partner organizations – “Global Solidarity Association” and “Union of Lublin Volunteer Center” organized by Gori Public Union “Friendship Bridge” – in Kartlos
The main objective of the strategic plan for the future network of volunteer movement – “Now it’s time for our” development.
On March, 19, 2015 a meeting was held in the office of FWE between the FWE staff and “Women’s empowerment in mountainous regions of Georgia” beneficiary women from Tsageri and Ambrolauri region. The goal of the meeting was to establish the Women NGOs
After the meeting the participants moved in the Justice House where two Women NGOs were officially established. They are: “Ambolauri Regional Women’s Union – hope hand”, and – “Letchkhumi Women’s Regional Union”
year employee “FWE within the project “Strengthening of women in the mountainous regions of Georgia” were at a meeting with the women beneficiaries in Tsageri to discuss issues related to local women’s non-governmental organization.
The result of the meeting: The charter of the organization was adopted and three member of the board was elected.
One day in hospital
By WFE Volunteers Center Initiative held the event in Kutaisi at the George Tskhakaia Hospital. The purpose of the event is to give the human Support to people who are in trouble and the emotional discharge, which will help them to recover. Med – staff provided information about “Volunteerism Movement.”They expressed cooperation readiness and filled Application forms.
Municipal Area Women Became Entrepreneur Women – ”Voluntary Center Members”
On February 3, 2015 Fund of Women Entrepreneurs Volunteers Center Organized Meeting in Mountainous area Ambrolauri, village Sadmeli and Dzirgeuli women live in. The meeting was attended by 16 women.
Women living mountainous region expressed big Interest about Voluntary Movement. They were provided by information about Fund of Women Entrepreneurs “volunteers Center ”work. They were informed about Voluntary Work directions, right – duties.
After introducing provisions of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs Voluntary Center attendees expressed the readiness to become Voluntary Center members.
Revaz Tsulaia – Fund of Women Entrepreneurs Volunteer
Revaz Tsulaia – became the member of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs Volunteer group from 2014 October .By his initiative opened PC Basic Office Applications Learning courses for average and older people in Poti on the base of Women computer school . This training courses are attended by medicine workers , Poti Municipality Staff and Coalition Social Reforms for the Company City Poti day center for children with disabilities Five Teacher – instructor
02.03.2015 year employee “FWE within the project “Strengthening of women in the mountainous regions of Georgia” were at a meeting with the women beneficiaries in Ambrolauri to discuss issues related to local women’s non-governmental organization.
The result of the meeting: The charter of the organization was adopted and three member of the board was elected
January 27, 2015 in the framework of the network “Synergy” under the leadership of the “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” held a focus group, whose aim was to study the political and social participation of refugees. Focus group participants were living in Kutaisi 10 refugees of different age, sex and education. Focus groups were based on pre-designed questionnaire, which covered issues enabling to determine the quality of social and political participation of refugees.
On July 29, 2014 two volunteers: Barbora and Cosima from civic association “GLEN SLOVAKIA” visited Fund of Women Entrepreneurs. The purpose of their visit was to deepen and prolong already existing cooperation with FWE, within the framework of a voluntary program. The program is going to start from September.
Signing the MoU between the two organizations is scheduled for the next meeting.
Meeting of Synergy IDP Network
On 7 July, 2014 Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, as one of the Synergy IDP Network member organizations was invited at the meeting held in the office of Public Defender of Georgia where the MoU between the Public Defender’s office and Synergy Network member organizations was signed.
The meeting with the participation of Synergy network members, held in the hotel “Royal-Batoni”, Kvareli on 8-10 July, 2014 aiming at “networking opportunities and developing of new approaches ”.
The meeting which was focused on eliciting advocacy and strategic development-oriented activities was facilitated by the staff of Strategic Research and Development Center.
The meeting was organized within the framework of the project “Synergy – strengthening of IDPs through their participation and cooperation” supported by the British Embassy.
Memorandum of Cooperation with the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia
On February 26, 2014 Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the government of Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and Civil Society Organizations.
“Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” joined the action and signed the memorandum that takes into account development and implementation of a steady legal and social policy of IDP.
Representatives of “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” participated on the day of “Civil Society Organizations” held in the Parliament of Georgia on December 12, 2013.
The day of “Civil Society Organizations” was founded under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the parliament and public organizations. According to Davit Usupashvili, chairman of the Parliament of Georgia “with the help of the memorandum public organizations and parliament have become partners and parliament should be the object of civil society’s constant surveillance and cooperation”.
Meeting with Presidential Candidates
On October 18, 2013 the meeting on the topic “Building Confidence to the Electoral Systems” was organized by the Gender Equality Network.
The presidential candidates who were attending the meeting represented their Future Plans of action. At the end of the meeting public discussion on gender and political issues was held.
Working meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of IDPs Professor Chaloka Beyani
On 15 June, 2013 a working meeting was held in Tbilisi, hotel “Ambasadori” by the Association of IDP Women “Consent” (Julia Kharashvili).
Representatives of communities and NGOs working on the issues of IDPs were attended the meeting.
The main topic of the meeting was ‘Human Security’ of conflict-affected population.
Employment problems and challenges of IDP women were reported by Meri Gelashvili, chairperson Fund of Women Entrepreneurs.
The meeting was conducted in a business environment. In his concluding report Mr. Chaloka Beyani reviewed all the issues mentioned during the meeting.
Meeting with the Mayor of Poti
On April 19, 2013 the representatives of Women’s NGO “Fund of Women Entrepreneurs” met David Sarsania, mayor of self-governance Poti. During the meeting the issues of cooperation and the activities to be implemented by the fund were focused. At the meeting the initiatives of the FWE and the issue of studying accounting for the 6 beneficiaries were raised and paid attention.
At the end of the meeting creating a mini-project was discussed – where 6-month accounting course for the 6 beneficiaries at the vocational school will be formulated. Signing the memorandum of cooperation was planned in early May. All the issues which will be included in the MoU are being discussed.
On 19 March 2013, a network of NGOs was established by the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs – “Only Together We Can Reduce Poverty.”
Representatives of NGOs expressed their opinions on the establishment of the network and desire for their active cooperation. They are ready to develop a joint network project which will be submitted to the appropriate institutions and aimed at activating the network’s work to solve women’s economic and social problems.
Ms. Tamar Pachulia, chairperson of Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association Kutaisi Branch stated that network establishment is timely and necessary. It is important to develop changes in “Labor Code” to make lobbying on the issues that should be solved by the local self-government. At the same time, she noted that it is necessary to have a competent representative of the IDP population in local government. 10 non-governmental organizations in the region of Imereti joined the network.
Visit of donor organization representatives
On February 18, 2012 Fund of Women Entrepreneurs hosted the representatives of the donor organization. The program coordinator of Brot fur dei welt in Central Asia and South Caucasus Edgar Brueser and Program Manager, responsible for women’s organizations in the Caucasus region, Dorothea Wolf acquainted with the activities of the Fund. They talked to to each employee of the organization. The guests were interested in the work implemented within the project “Improvement of the economic situation of social vulnerable women in western Georgia.”
Memorandum of Cooperation
Memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Akaki Tsereteli State University. The document was signed on December 5, 2012. According to the agreement between Meri Gelashvili, chairperson of FWE and Giorgi Ghavtadze, head of the university, will provide the internship of journalism faculty students in the process of publishing magazine called “We Are Leaders”. Selected students will have the opportunity to develop their professional skills with the help of practical journalistic work.
This cooperative act between FWE and Akaki Tsereteli State University will provide cultural-educational integration of young people and students, it also help them getting professional experience by themselves and promoting better understanding of the FWE ‘s activities.
The opening ceremony of the Equality Frontline
On May 22, 2012 the opening ceremony of the public relation center for all – “Equality Frontline” was held in Tbilisi, which was headed by Ms. Lika Nadaraia, where a representative of Fund of Women Entrepreneurs, Diana Kurashvili, participated.
The purpose of the meeting: “Promotion of gender equality in Georgia.”
The center will enable women to organize frequent meetings and discuss issues of violence prevention, be more active and open to bring the public opinion to the fair understanding of the society. There will be held exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and etc. As a result, there will be created the strong opportunity to establish public awareness of gender equality in Georgia.