Association “Imedi” IDP Women’s Movement for Peace Georgia

Association “Imedi” IDP Women's Movement for Peace works to promote women's participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes, as well as the psycho-social and economic rehabilitation of internally displaced persons. It was founded in 1999 in Zugdid by individuals displaced from Abkhazia.

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The main target groups of the organisation are: IDP women and young girls living in collective centres; female-representatives of Georgian-Abkhaz mixed families; members of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Women’s Network; IDP and local women leaders; and young people and women living in both sides of conflict zone, including Gali, Abkhazia.

Activities

Main areas of activity include: informal education for youth and women; peace building; advocacy for the problems of IDPs; psycho-social programme of IDPs; women’s rights and gender equality; informal education of women and youth.

In the course of its existence, the organisation has implemented 35 projects in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. These include:

  • Forums, conferences, trainings, seminars, round table discussions, debates, information meetings;
  • Free legal, psychological and reproductive health  consultations for women and young girls;
  • Empowerment of IDP and women in public and political life and strengthening their role in peacebuilding process;
  • Promotion of gender equality and eradication of domestic violence;
  • Organising public discussions on current affairs in Abkhazia as well as the prospects for conflict resolution;
  • Participation in peacebuilding meetings involving Georgian-Abkhaz women and/or women from other Caucasus countries/territories (Dubrovnik, Sochi, Riga, Istanbul, Kiev, Stockholm);
  • Youth camps for local and IDP children;
  • Summer schools for IDP women; and
  • Activities aimed at increasing IT literacy among local and IDP women.
In the area of peacebuilding, the organisation has implemented the following projects: "Women and Peace" (“Kvinna Till Kvinna, Sweden); "Women’s role in the peacebuilding  process” (“Kvinna Till Kvinna, Sweden); Youth Peace Centre  “ We are for Peace” (COBERM, UNDP); "Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict: Challenges and Prospects"  (ISNC, Georgia).

The organisation's main funder is the Swedish peacebuilding organisation Kvinnna Till Kvinna.

Last updated: December 2015