UN Women Supporting Dialogue between Conflict Affected Women and Government
Empowering women affected by conflict, facilitating their dialogue with government actors, advocating for their needs with the relevant agencies and engaging them in decision-making processes are among the UN Women's priorities. An important part of these processes is identifying and promoting the voices of women and girls living in the villages adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) and in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) settlements.
This year, women leaders conducted a needs assessment in their communities in Samegrelo, Zugdidi and Tsalenjikha municipalities, with the support of the UN Women. The identified needs were presented to the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Tea Akhvlediani, and local authorities in Zugdidi on May 19.
Nina Korshia, a spokeswoman for the NEFA Foundation noted: "Such meetings are very important. They enable women to tell policymakers about their needs, their problems in the village and about the importance of improving infrastructure, especially water supply and kindergartens, municipal transport and other issues."
Khatuna Gogua, the leader of the working group of the Fund "Sokhumi", presented the results of the survey. She noted that some buildings where IDPs live are collapsing and that there is an urgent need to identify alternative housing solutions for them.
According to Tea Akhvlediani, the Office of the State Minister is carrying out a strategic review of the policy of engagement and reconciliation in relation to the occupied regions. She said:
"Women and young people have a special role to play in both conflict prevention and its peaceful resolution. That is why the government's efforts aim to strengthen their involvement in peace and public diplomacy initiatives, as well as at identifying and responding to their needs.”
Through these meetings UN Women encourages women leaders to share the needs and priorities of their families or communities with the representatives of central and local governments in order to inform relevant government planning and budgetary allocation. The needs assessment and the meeting were conducted in collaboration with UN Women, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Government of the United Kingdom, the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.