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IDP Women Association “Consent” works towards the achievement of a democratic and peaceful society with equal opportunities for IDPs, with a particular emphasis on women. It was established in 1996 by women from the IDP community. It supports the improvement of economic conditions, health and education of IDPs and other minority groups with the special emphasis on women and youth.
Over the course of its existence, the IDP Women's Association 'Consent' has supported IDP and conflict-affected communities by helping women to increase their social, economic and civil status and providing opportunities for IDP youth and children.
The wide range of Consent's activities includes training seminars, handicraft courses, adult education, small business support, creation of advocacy groups, and work with local and central authorities in the framework of different projects to empower women and provide them with necessary skills to survive and develop in post-conflict conditions.
Special care is provided for children and youth to give them better opportunities and help them escape the vicious cycle of internal displacement. Consent assists women in organising schools, vocational trainings, as well celebrations and special events to enhance the employability of IDPs and to improve relationships between people from different communities now living in the same settlements.
The organisation has been equally active in peacebuilding processes.In 1996, the Association launched the Peace Camps project. Peace camps enabled hundreds of Georgian IDPs, Akhaz, Ossetian, Armenian and Azerbaijani children to spend time together. Twelve camps were organised in the period from 1996 to 2004. In 2001, the Association's activists participated in the first dialogue of Abkhaz and Georgian women's organisations.
Since 2010, the Association in partnership with CARE Int. in Caucasus and 4 other NGOs from 5 regions of Georgia (including 2 breakaway regions) started implementing the project “Strengthening Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding in the South Caucasus” (Supported by European Union and ADA). The project brought together 90 peace activists from 20 communities of South Caucasus, and during 3,5 years these activists shared experiences and knowledge in advocating for peace.
During the 2008 Georgia-Russia War, the Association was actively involved in providing humanitarian assistance to the conflict-affected population. Since then, it has been working with the displaced population, as well as residents of villages adjacent to Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.
The Association has also been actively involved in regional peace initiatives, through Helsinki Citizens Assembly and Women’s Caucasian network – “Working together- Networking women in Caucasus”. In 2006, together with several NGOs from Armenia and Azerbaijan, “Consent’ developed a training module “Peace and Gender Education Manual in 3 languages – Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani.
The Association has received several international awards, such as “Voices of Courage” (2004) and Special Award of UNHCR High Commissioner (2001).
Last updated: December 2015