Georgia is the fourth country to take part in the project 17 FACES OF ACTION. The exhibition opening took place on July 2, 2023.
Ketevan Jordania, together with the TASO Foundation team, has been working for more than 10 years to achieve social justice and gender equality in Georgia. Amongst the challenges that Ketevan is striving to resolve, one of the most important issues is overcoming poverty. Primarily, her actions serve to empower women living in rural areas throughout Georgia, including those in the poorest groups.
In spring 2020, a strict quarantine was declared in Maradisi. Naira Paksadze and local women helped an infected neighbor by plowing their potato field, saving their income. Naira initiated change by purchasing seeds, learning horticulture, and setting up greenhouses under UN Women project. Her actions inspired other women to obtain funding, attracting the interest of various organizations.
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
During this very period 19-year-old Aisel Ajalieva, a nurse in the operating room of Tbilisi Central Hospital, voluntarily moved to resuscitation to fight against COVID-19 on the frontline. Feeling that the country needed her help, she disregarded her own health concerns as well as her family’s worry and entreaties.
Gohar was born in the village of Didi Aragiali, where she learned the Georgian language with the help of a volunteer teacher. For years, she conducted training courses for students on women’s rights and on gender equality. After studying psychology, the topics of stress management and motivation were added to these sessions.
She is a member of Pankisi Elder Women’s Council and chair of the board. Svetlana works on raising women’s awareness and participation in public life. Thanks to her, local women have become involved in various projects: from acquiring new professions to starting small businesses.
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Tamar Shubitidze, a community worker and youth center manager in Sviri, addressed the village's chronic water scarcity issue. Through community mobilization and the "Meskheti" self-help group, Tamar and her team successfully fixed the village's water supply, providing continuous water access for about 300 families.
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
Marieta Letodiani, a teacher and project coordinator at Green Regions NGO, has been promoting renewable energy in Imereti and Samegrelo since 2008. Her work has brought solar water heaters and energy-efficient stoves to Khoni, even in areas without natural gas.
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Raisa has been working on labour rights for over 17 years, and with her involvement, the legislation on labour rights has improved and an enforcement body was even created – labour inspection, which, if necessary, any person can apply to.
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Niniko Sharia, is an inventor and technical designer. As part of Zugdidi STEM group, she quickly succeeded in creating a remote patient monitoring device for COVID-19. Now, she's developing a startup, dedicated to breaking gender stereotypes in STEM and empowering girls with her remarkable achievements.
Madonna Kharebava, Co-founder and Executive Director of Dea, the Association of Women with Disabilities and Mothers of Children with Disabilities, is committed to promoting the rights of people with disabilities, particularly women.
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Nino Korshia and Maya Fifia
Maya Fifia and Nino Korshia, founders of the NEFA Foundation, began community mobilization in Anaklia, Zugdidi, in 2010, as the first female volunteers. They initiated and inspired other women to engage in activities benefitting the community.
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Four years ago, Ana Chkoidze embarked on a mission to promote zero waste in Georgia by co-founding Zero Effect with two friends. Their store offers eco-friendly products and encourages customers to exchange or recycle items they no longer need. Partner companies collect sorted waste for recycling.
Natia Iordanishvili is the first woman to have ever taken a decision-making role within the Georgian forestry sector. When she entered the Faculty of Forestry to study her chosen profession, she was the only female within her group. Today, her 20-year career acts as motivation for many women interested in the field.
LIFE BELOW WATER
She is a civil activist and founder of the civil platform “Poti inhabitants - for their own rights”. Eliso’s main effort is directed toward proper regulation, control and damage mitigation of underwater resource use; specifically towards harmful fishing practices.
LIFE ON LAND
Khatuna Katsarava, Head of the Administrative Department of Kolkheti National Park, is dedicated to preserving this unique UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Kolkheti National Park is known for its diverse ecosystems, particularly its sensitive wetlands, which Khatuna is committed to safeguarding.
PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Eliko, Chairperson of the Center for Peace and Civil Development, has spent a decade advocating for the vital role of women and young people in conflict resolution and sustainable peace. She is working to challenge stereotypes that portray conflict and peace processes as unsuitable for women or merely as victims
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
Salome, Executive Director of the Women's Foundation in Georgia, has led the organization's mission since its establishment in 2005. She collaborates with local groups, various social movements, and international partners, to highlight intersections among these groups and enhancing feminist initiatives
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Photos by Leila Blagonravova