Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change
A conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi in late 2012 discussed ways of getting women more involved in peace efforts, particularly people-to-people diplomacy.
The event, hosted jointly by IWPR and UN Women, took place on November 26 and brought together more than 60 people. It was an opportunity for politicians, officials and foreign diplomats to meet NGO activists and women who have been displaced or have suffered otherwise in past conflicts in Georgia.
As Tamar Sabedashvili of UN Women put it, the work and knowledge of grassroots activist groups is invaluable, and they should be listened to.
“These people know better than anyone else –including officials – what their needs and priorities on the ground are,” she said. “They know better than anyone how to go about resolving problems.”
The event, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held as part of the Women for Equality, Peace and Development in Georgia project, implemented by UN Women; and the IWPR project Women Connecting for Peace – The Voice of Change.
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