GEORGIA: Georgia: No Women, No Peace

Monday, November 28, 2011
IANSA Women's Network
Western Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security

On 31 October 2011, IANSA women at the Cultural-Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi" organised simultaneous vigils in the towns of Western Georgia (Kutaisi, Tskhaltubo, Khoni, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Batumi, Khurcha, Senaki and Poti) as part of the international campaign “No women, No peace!” As a member of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS UK), the IANSA Women's Network is part of the 'No women, no peace' campaign which aims to ensure that women's voices are heard in peace negotiations.

All women-participants of the vigils wore green scarves and had candles in their hands. One of the slogans expressed solidarity to Afghan women for their right to take active participation in building of peace and democratic society.

The vigils were held on the day of signing the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Even after 11 years of the adoption of this Resolution, women's potential has not yet been used in policy making and peace processes.

The second slogan was, “Let's make efficient the UN Resolution 1325 for peace and security!" and is a message for those who prevent women's involvement in building of democratic state.

The vigils which lasted for an hour drew public attention and were covered by the local TV company “Rioni”, central TV companies “Public broadcasting”, “IMEDI”, and radio “Tavisupleba”.

Cultural-Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi" - No Women, No Peace - 2011

Over 200 women expressed unanimous support to the international women's movement the main purpose of which is achieving of peace and equality.