March 7, 2013
VGIF hosted Iamateze Verulashvili, Project Director of the Women’s Center in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women to provide an important grassroots voice.She was a speaker at the NGO Consultation Forum on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
Ms Verulashvili has many years of experience combating violence against women in the Republic of Georgia. VGIF has funded a number of projects sponsored by the Georgia Women’s Center including a 2007 project to implement a national plan of action by training 100 doctors and 100 nurses to recognize trafficking and violence. In addition to educational programs, they were provided a special screening form and protocols to expose abuse and treat the victims.
Recently VGIF-funded projects there have focused on ensuring the rights of ethnic minorities – work that was featured in the November 2012 issue of the Flash.
<-- Iamateze Verulashvili, Director, Georgia Women’s Center
Global Perspectives on Violence Against Women
A moderated panel discussion with organizers of grassroots programs educating women and girls
about their rights, and creating prevention programs.
VGIF UN Committee Convener and Board Member; former Chair of the NGO CSW
NY, United States
Iatamze Verulashvili, MD, PhD, Founder & Executive Director
Women’s Center, Current VGIF grantee
>> Download her Presentation
Mabel Bianco, MD, MPH, Founder
Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM), Former VGIF grantee
Shirley Kaye Randell, PhD, Founding Director
Center for Gender, Culture, and Development Studies, Kigali Institute of Education
>> Download her Presentation
Josephine Castillo, Program Manager & Trainer
DAMPA Federation, Huairou Commission, GROOTS International
Huairou Commission, The Armenian Relief Society, The International Federation of University Women, and Zonta International
VGIF Parallel Event
Rural Women and Girls: Issues in Reproductive Health
VGIF hosted Olivia Mugabirwe, Executive Director of Peer Link and a member of the Ugandan Federation of University Women. Mrs. Mugabirwe is a long time leader with many years of experience and advocacy working with youth in rural areas on the issue of sexual reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS.
VGIF funded Peer Link in 2010 and again in 2011 to expand their project on Teenage Pregnancy Prevention with a goal to empower young women in their choices and encourage discussion in a safe environment that includes parents, guardians, and teachers.
Rural Women and Girls: Issues in Reproductive Health, was a moderated panel discussion with organizers of rural grassroots programs educating women and girls about their reproductive health covering prevention, childbirth, sanitation and nutrition.
Presenters: Ms. Mugabirwe along with presenters from Soroptimist International and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Co-Sponsors: Soroptimist International, The Armenian Relief Society, The American Association of University Women, Soka Gakkai International, and Women Graduates-USA.