During 2000 WAI-C also introduced two global campaigns to Georgia, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and White Ribbon Campaign. WAI-C established in Georgia the first national coordination committee of "16 Days" in the world. A broad range of activities and events were organized by the NGO members of this committee. The outstanding success of the first Georgian 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence was the elaboration and signing by over 70 representatives from Georgian government, UN agencies, international and local non-governmental organizations of a Joint Declaration Against Gender Violence. The UN legal department in New York granted approval for UN agencies to sign the Declaration.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and Promotion of
White Ribbon Campaign. To
support the ‘broadening and deepening’ of regional civil
society activities WomenAid International-Caucasus established Caucasus
16 Days National Coordination Committees in Azerbaijan and
Armenia as well as in Georgia, thus substantially developing
regional collaboration and cooperation.
500 organizations in the Caucasus region participated in
the 2001 multi-media campaign "Caucasus 16 Days of Activism
Against Gender Violence". Members of the Caucasus 16 Days
Coordination Committees, organized over 200 events and
meetings as well as securing press articles and media programs
within the three countries of the South Caucasus.
In Georgia, 116 participating NGOs organized over 90
events throughout the country, including security sensitive
places such as Svaneti and Pankisi.
outstanding success in 2001 was the appointment of famous
Georgian men as ‘White Ribbon Ambassadors’ acting as
spokesmen on ending violence against women.
The campaign slogan was ‘Only
by working together can men and women end violence against
Caucasus 16 Days strategic planning seminar was held at the
end of April 2002. Some
50 NGO and Government representatives from Azerbaijan, Armenia
and Georgia met for three days in Tbilisi to exchange experience
and agree coordination of Caucasus 16 Days 2002. The
delegates voted for the establishment of an informal
‘Caucasus Gender Institute’ to further facilitate
collaboration and cooperation on research and joint project
Funded by Canada Government, OSI, and WomenAid International
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Caucasus 16 Days 2001 website can be visited at www.womenaid.org/16days