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On November 8-9, CiDA organized meetings with Georgian


migrants living in Turkey and potential investors from
Georgia/Turkey. Aim of the meetings was introduction of the
conditions of existing small and medium size enterprises in
Georgia; also, meeting was oriented to find out the main
problems the Georgian women migrants have in a foreign
country.
The meetings were attended by representatives of Enterprise
Development Agency of Georgia and The State Ministry on
Diaspora Issues of Georgia. Avtandil Ghoghoberidze and
Mariam Rusishvili of Enterprise Development Agency briefed
the conditions of current project Produce in Georgia and
talked about the small and medium size business possibilities
in the country. Temur Tartarashvili from the Ministry of
Diaspora issues talked about the future plans of the ministry
in relations with migration into Turkey. After presentations
discussion was held where the Georgian migrants raised the
most acute problems they face abroad.
At the end of the meeting a film was shown what should a
woman know if she wants to go to Turkey. Lawyers made
legal assistance to the Georgian migrants on the place. Film
gives some recommendation and suggestions which will
make easier for a new migrant to adapt a new country, it also
warns potential migrants about the threats they may face in a
new country and gives information about employment
situation.
The meetings were held within the EU funded project "Georgia - Personalized
Assistance for Migrants" (GPAM) which is implemented by Civil Development
Agency CiDA and aims at supporting Georgia to better manage migration
processes.

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On November 9, a group meeting of Civil Society Organizations


working on self-government issues was held at the
Beaumonde Garden Hotel. 14 CSOs, all members of Regional
Civil Society Network (R-CSN) founded by CiDA, attended the
meeting. The main topic of discussion was citizens'
involvement in local government forming processes within
the framework of the new Local Government Regional
Initiative.
Group members worked on an action plan according to which
they will carry out about 100 regional meetings with local
residents and municipality representatives to familiarize them
with the initiative. Residents, representatives, local
government bodies and local community will be encouraged
to jointly review the current mechanisms through which they
can become involved in local government processes and then
prepare a new draft law to be presented to parliament in
December.
The project Local Government Regional Initiative is implemented by CiDA in
partnership with R-CSN member organizations and is financed by Open Society
Georgia Foundation (OSGF).

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MEETING WITH STUDENTS

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On November 13, Executive Director of CiDA Zviad


Devdariani visited Ilia State University and met with a
group of students. He conducted a presentation of
CIDA's activities and introduced current and finished
projects carried out by CiDA in the fields of poverty
reduction, civil society development, migration, civil
integration, and trust building.
The meeting continued in Q and A format. Devdariani
expressed his gratitude towards the students who
showed interest in CiDA's activities and expressed his
readiness for further cooperation with them.

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FILM ABOUT MIGRATION SCREENED IN
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On November 20 a screening of a film titled What should a woman


know if she wants to go to Greece and Turkey was held in Kutaisi. The
event was organised by CiDA and the Kutaisi Education Development
and Employment Center (KEDEC).

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The film gives some recommendations and suggestions aimed to


ease the process of adaptation for new migrants. It also warns
potential migrants about the threats they may face in a new country
and gives information about the employment situation in Turkey and
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According to Maia Paksashvili, lawyer of CiDA, the human trafficking


problem is very acute in Turkey, which includes migrants caught in
forced labour for no payment. Due to lack of knowledge, migrants
think that as they are illegally in the country, they do not have the
right to demand their money. Furthermore, they do not know that
the law punishes their employers if they protest such actions. We do
not have enough money to offer our migrants to come back to
Georgia, this is why we offer them legal advice and recommend them
to contact organizations which run projects to help Georgians return
to their country, Paksashvili said.
Tamar Kordzadze: I have relatives who went to foreign countries as
migrants and I know that they had number of problems before they
adjusted to the situation. But I am sure if they had such information
before their departure, they would have been more mobilized and
informed of what to expect upon arrival. It is really necessary to know
where you are going and what kind of expectations you should have
in a foreign country.
Marine Turdzeladze: I am really glad I attended and watched this
movie. I am thankful to the organizers because I learned a lot of
important information from it. Illegal migration is one of the biggest
problems of our population and they often don't know what to do in a
foreign environment. The film was not only interesting for those who
go to Turkey or to Greece as migrants, but for those who would like to
visit those countries as a tourist. I have relatives in Greece and I know
pretty well that living and finding an appropriate job is not an easy
process. What is most important is each of our migrants should try to
stay away from the practice of illegal migration.
EU funded project "Georgia - Personalized Assistance for Migrants" (GPAM) is implemented
by CiDA and aims at supporting Georgia to better manage migration processes.

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PROTEST AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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With the slogan - Stop! Violence against Women is an


offence protest rallies were held in 23 towns across Georgia
on November 25 in connection with the International Day for
the Elimination of Violence against Women. A rally was held
in Rustavi as well, where a number of NGOs including CiDA
joined the local population in a peaceful demonstration. We
want to show everyone that violence is not only a problem of
the victim but is a problem of the whole society. We should try
to be more supportive and sensitive regarding those issues
and not indifferent, Zviad Devdariani, Executive Director of
CiDA said.
An address to the Prime Minister of Georgia, Chair of
Parliament, and the Chief of Supreme Court was released at
the rally. Organizers presented the address to the rally
participants and gathered signatures for the petition
demanding adequate reaction and response to acts of
violence and prevention of violence against women.
Petition signees demand that:

Gender equality should be introduced as part of preschool and school study curriculum;
With the aim of prevention of domestic violence,
multidisciplinary groups to work with families having such
problems should be formed;
Investigations and reactions to acts of violence against
women must take place immediately upon reports of such
events. The perpetrators should be identified in a timely
manner and punished according to law.
High rank officials and associates of state institutions
should make their contributions of promoting gender
equality and non-violence culture.
The rallies were organized by the Women's Movement,
which unites all the people for whom gender equality and
women's rights are important.

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CiDA HELD MEETINGS ABOUT SELFGOVERNMENT ISSUES IN KVEMO KARTLI


CiDA held 10 meetings in five municipalities of the Kvemo
Kartli region on the issue of self-government in November.
The meetings were attended by residents as well as by local
self-government body officials.
Supporting additional forms of citizen involvement in local
government was on the discussion agenda, an initiative that
aims to increase civil engagement in the process of self government. In particular, meeting participants discussed
alternative forms of territorial community in selfgovernments the idea of which is to involve citizens in the
implementation process of local self-government reform.
They discussed the necessity to create alternative forms of
citizen involvement, community self-government bodies and
their authority as well as the obligation of local selfgovernment authorities, definition of the territorial scope of
community self government and the status and rules of its
regulation.
The project aims to encourage citizens, representatives of the
NGO sector, local government bodies and local community
representatives to jointly review the current mechanisms
through which they can become involved in local government
processes and then prepare a new draft law which will be
presented to parliament in December.
The project Local Government Regional Initiative is implemented by CiDA in
partnership with R- CSN member organisations and is financed by Open Society
Georgia Foundation (OSGF).

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