Movement of Women for Peace and Security

Conflicts: Georgia

Contact this organisation

Kedias Street 7, Tbilisi, Georgia
(+995) 593 593 559

Thematic areas

Conflict prevention and early warning
Development
Mediation & Dialogue
Refugees and IDPs
Transitional justice and reconciliation
Women, Peace and Security

Movement of Women for Peace and Security is a movement started by Tbilisi-based Union of Wives of Invalids and Lost Warriors. It was started in 2008 to support the active participation of women in decision-making and peacebuilding initiatives.

Shortly after its establishment, the organisation managed to arrange its first Georgian-Ossetian meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the participation of women displaced and affected by the conflict. Despite difficulties, meeting participants planned joint activities and agreed to continue the dialogue.

Activities

From 2008 to 2011, the Movement of Women for Peace and Security conducted nine meetings of Georgian and Ossetian women in Armenia and Azerbaijan to support trust building between the communities. Members of the organisation frequently undertake seminars on peacebuilding, which enables them to better use their rights, respect the rights of others and develop tolerance towards others.

Furthermore, every year, on September 21, to mark the international Day of Peace, the movement organises a march with white ribbons and flowers. Everyone who shares the motto 'No to Violence, No to War, Only Peace and Dialogue' can participate in the event.

On October 26-30 2010, the Movement organised several events dedicated to the 10 year anniversary of the Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. As part of the event, the organisation held a conference that gathered representatives of media, state institutions as well as the organisations that work on women in the South Caucasus.

Since the Movement puts particular emphasis on the engagement of young people in peacebuilding processes, it also conducted a roundtable meeting with the participation of youth and devoted the discussion to prospects of implementing resolution 1325.

Last updated: October 2015