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Union of Wives of Invalids and Lost Warriors works to build peaceful coexistence between the people of the Caucasus. It was established in 1997 as one of the departments of the Association of Disabled Combatants ‘Demetre Tavdadebuli’. The Union was registered as an independent organisation in 1999.
The founders of the organisation are women, whose husbands were killed or disabled in the wars for Georgia’s independence and territorial integrity. Today, it unites almost 2000 members, including the disabled, veterans and socially vulnerable families.
The Union of Wives of Invalids and Lost Warriors is:
- A founder and a member of the “Coordination Council of the NGOS of Disabled and Veterans of the Wars of Georgia”;
- A member of the “Coordination Council of the Disabled Combatants of All Caucasus”;
- A member and the board member of the “Coalition of NGOs of Disabled and Veterans”;
- A member of the OSCE/ODIHR-established coalition on women’s problems and a member of its working group on women and peacebuilding;
- A founder and the board member of the “Coalition Against Domestic Violence”;
- A member of the governing body “Women’s Peace Council” and the coordinator of its public diplomacy track;
- A founder and the member of the coordination council at UNIFEM-supported "Union of Women for Peace“;
- A founder and board member of the organisation “Women for Peace and Security”.
Major objectives of the organisations include fostering and participating in the elaboration and implementation of the political and diplomatic concept of “Peaceful Caucasus”; supporting activities against ethnic conflicts, terrorism, aggressive ethnic separatism and genocide; and building peaceful coexistence between the peoples of Caucasus. The organisation actively coordinates its activities with other non-governmental organisations, international community and state institutions.
Since 2007 the organisation has implemented the project “Women for Peace and Democracy”, which organises Georgian-Ossetian meetings in third countries, with the participation of women displaced and/or otherwise affected by the conflict. In 2011-2013, the organisation implemented UN and EU-supported project “Peacebuilding through Human Rights Education”.
Last updated: October 2015