Women’s Fund in Georgia, arranged a screening of the new documentary; “Untold herstories” – a project created and carried out by the Independent Group of Feminists with the support of Women’s Fund of Georgia. The documentary tells the story of three 19th century Georgian feminists’ lives and work: Barbara Jorjadze, Ekaterine Gabashvili and Kato Mikeladze. The documentary aims to show the public the unknown feminist heritage of women in Georgia. The documentary will soon be available online so please visit Women’s Fund in Georgia’s homepage for more info.
Let me introduce our new colleague; Tinatin Japaridze. Tinatin will start working as Programme Officer for Georgia on Monday March 11. During International Women’s Day she was invited to Women’s Fund of Georgia’s event to talk about her Master thesis in Development Studies from The Hague on relations between donor organisations and women’s organisations in Georgia. Some interesting findings; communication between the donor and its grantees/partners are very important and it is very important that the donor shows understanding and is flexible. One of the problems for women’s organisations is that they spend an enormous amount of time and resources in project writing, reporting and fundraising which makes it hard to sustain the activism; activists simply have no room for their activism. Also raising funds locally, philanthropy, is very hard since there’s a low interest for women’s issues. Moreover there’s a lack of cooperation and high competition between women’s organisations and low solidarity.
Natia Gvinaishvili from the Independent Group of Feminists talked about the Feminism in Georgia today, she spoke about the creation, need and some of the actions of this group. It started in 2011 as a reaction of anti-abortion campaigns by religious fundamentalists. Natia also spoke about another group; the Partisan Girls which was created in early 2012 in response to sexist, misogynistic and homophobic expressions in the media and anti-feminism in society at large.
A very interesting evening – and amazing to see how the struggle for Women’s Rights in Georgia started a long time ago; already in the 19th century Georgia there were feminists who stood up for their own and their sisters rights. Also very important to see that there is a new generation of feminists in Georgia of today who continue this struggle with innovation and by taking it to the streets. Didi Madloba Women’s Fund in Georgia for arranging!