Women for Change
1. Teimuraz Siradze
Teimurazi is the founder of Non-governmental Organization "Association of Military Correspondents ". Currently he works at "Chronika+". Since 1996 he has written articles on armed conflicts and military issues for various print media editions. He was an Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper "Military". At the age of 16 he fought as avolunteers in Abkhazia. Teimuraz is extremal,his hobbies include literature and homeotherapy. His blog "Mr. Commander" is about Tamar Mghebrishvili.
"So, what that I am a woman? The soldiers and subordinate officers call me Mr. Commander. I see that they treat me with respect. Recently I was told that boys are even afraid of me, but, I don't think that it's true "- Tamar Mghrebrishvili says.
From September 2014 till today tamarhas been serving as liaison officer at Bagram base in Afghanistan. In 2013, she took part in peacekeeping mission in Helmand Province. Since February 2008, she has served as the commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade platoon, deputy company commander, company commander, the head of the battalion S-6, the planning officer of Brigadier G-6. In 2012, she studied the modern technology in NATO School in Italy. In 2007-2008 she undertook Junior Officers Training Course at the National Defense Academy. She got interested in military sphere while having practical course in print media as she studying journalism at the University. The topic of her Diploma was Military Journalism. She worked in the Public Broadcaster as well. Tamar Mghebrishvili dreams to be a General.
2. Manana Mamagulashvili
Manana is from Telavi. She is a correspondent of the Informational Centers network. She studied journalism at TelaviGogebashvili state University. She is interested in TV-video production. She prepared video-blog about LuizaMutoshvili from Pankisi.
"I don't want to know about the freedom, if I do not have opportunity to enjoy it",- says Luiza Mutoshvili.
Luisa is the chairperson of Akhmetaregional organization of the Republican Party. She teaches Georgian Language in Duisi School within the frame of the program"Georgian Language for Future Success" andTsinubani School within the frame of program of Kakhetiregonal Development Foundation (KRDF).
3. Nana Bagalishvili
Nana is the leader woman winner of the 2014 bloggers contest. She is the co-founder and board member of the NGO Civil Initiative. Under her leadership several civil initiatives and events has been implemented in Tsnori. By her initiative "Tsnori Initiative Group" was established, advocating youthinvolvement in the decision-making process of local municipality. She implements several cultural and educational activities, including the festival "Kiziki Autumn".
"What do I want from life?"Equality! Equality! equality and discovering human's talents in order to create "complete we" from "I", "you", "we", "he" and "they" and do our job altogether for kindness and wellbeing. Also, I want all children, adolescents and adults to have the opportunity to develop and to be a contributor to this process", - Nana says.
Her leader woman is Ketevan Khidasheli.
"Society should assist the rural woman in minimizing the stereotypes toward her role. It seems that it is the general agreement on the issue that the woman is the human first of all and then female, however fear of changes still exists, They want changes but do not want to learn , they want changes but cling to the negative stereotypes", - Ketevan Kidasheli says.
Ketevani became a civil activist when her family moved from Tbilisi to Dvabzu village of Ozurgeti district. She carried out several economic and social projects within the frame of the program of TASO Foundation. In 2010 she established a nongovernmental organization "Women for Regional Development".
4. Lika Enukadze
Lika is the Intern reporter of news program "Chronika" of Imedi TV. She studied cinemaat the Art and Social Sciences faculty at ShotaRustaveliState University. In 2014 she graduated from B. Patarkatsishvili Journalism School. She undertook Integrated Marketing Communication Courses at PR School. At various times she has worked at National Screening Center as well as at the Georgian Patriarchate TV Channel Ertsulovneba.
"They are in the mood for dancing. rehabilitation course is accompanied by Georgian folk music - arm movement is necessary for easing the post-surgical edema. They are from 40 to 75-year-age. Obstinate spirit makes the body healthy...Now Tina Beruchashvili is not alone, She is struggling along with more than 300 fellows to change life of other women" - Lika Enukidze is writing about Tina Beruchashvili, who is the founder of "Winner Women’s Club ", which unites the Breast Cancer Survivors
Tina Beruchashvili is the General Manager of the National Screening Center. By her initiative the "Club of Winner Women " was established in 2009, which unites the Breast Cancer Survivors. The club aims at supporting oncology patients, their physical and psychological rehabilitation and socialization.In 2011, in Warsaw she was awarded for trust and recognition with the 6th International Award "Golden Owl" .
5. Shorena Tkeshelashvili
Shorena is the blogger of the online-edition "Teacher". She is a journalist. She Graduated from Kutaisi AkakiTsereteli State University. She worked as an anchor of morning program and prepared program on youth issues at Radio "Old Town".
"There is a negative reaction toward the gender equality, especially when you mention the feminism. Everyone believes that this is only the problem concerning women and not to whole society. Some people do not seeany problem at all," - the leader woman of Shorena's blog, Elene Kvernadze, founder of public movement" See, Learn, Break the Silence " says.
Elene is the program officer of UN Association Georgia. She is also engaged in academic activities and delivers lectures on gender and feminism issues. She studied political Science at Weber University in US. Eleneis a founder of public movement" See, Learn, Break the Silence ".
6. Lado Gogoladze
Lado is from Surami. He serves as a journalist at Kviris Palitra newspaper. He graduated from the faculty of the Political Science at Sokhumi state University. Lado has papered a blog about his School history teacher Natela Gogoladze.
"We learnt from Natelateacher that the woman enjoys the same rights as a man, also learnt that homophobia is the most terrible affliction and homophobic people will never be able to create a strong state, we would like to have”, - LadoGogoladze writes about Natela Gogoladze.
Natela Gogoladze graduated from the history faculty of Gori Pedagogical University in1977 and began working as a history teacher at Surami #3 School. In addition to academic education, she cares for enhancingthe youths’civic awareness and actively tries to engage them in various activities. She established theatrical circle "Budrugana" in the school, the money raised from the performanceswere grantedto the persons with disabilities.
7. Salome Benidze
Salome is the communication officer of NGO Women’s Informational Center and blogger of online edition www.mastsavlebeli.ge. At various times she studied at Tbilisi State University, Vilnius University and at the Alexander Technological Educational Instituteof Thessaloniki - department of journalism, political science and public relations. She is an author of several books. Laureate of 2012 literatureaward "Saba" as well nominee of 2014 literatureaward "Saba" and Tsinandali Prize. Her stories are included in the collections of the" 15 Best Stories of 2013 "and” 15 Best Stories of 2014 ". She collaborates with several editions as a literature translator.
"Marika does not like recalling the 2008 war period… That’s when the young teacher realized that there was nothing more precious that life and soon started active working to make peoples life better, than before", - says Salome about Marika Buchukuri.
Marika was an ordinary teacher until 2009. She became an active community worker when the representatives of Foundation TACO arrived in Tirdznisi village and got engaged in women's economic empowerment project. Today Marika is the head of "ShidaKartli Community Foundation for Peace and Development". In parallel she is the UN human rights observers and the member of thecoalition "For Women's Political Engagement".
8. Kristine Maghlakelidze
Kristine is from Kutaisi. She is actively involved in local or international projects and programs: She is Administrator of Micro and Small Enterprise Promotion Program of Imereti, Racha and Svaneti, as well as the Kutaisi regional coordinator of "the European Union Film Festival 2015". Kristine is guiding the human rights lecture course forstudents of Media School. She got legal education at AkakiTsereteli state university.
"Tsiala knows that if she managed to enroll 5 Roma children to a school last year, this year this figure should be increased up to 10. Only thing that now concerns her is her successor, who will continue her activity. Also she is worried about the colors, which are slowly disappearing from Roma women dresses”, – Kristine writes about Tsiala Chkhartishvili.
Tsiala is from Kutaisi. She cares for integration of Roma children and for giving them school education. At various times she served as an interpreter for the law enforcement and judicial agencies. She speaks Russian, German and Roma Languages.
9. Salome Modebadze
Salome is the journalist of the nongovernmental organization "Women's Information Center”. She undertook master course in Journalism in Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. At various times she has worked as journalist and executive editor of the English-language newspaper "Messenger". She undertook professional practice at the Georgian department of Prague Bureauof Radio Liberty. She was involved in various social projects (Audio books for blind people and the project of Go Group Media "Journalists for Peaceful Caucasus” ). In 2013 Salome was presented for the Prize of EU Monitoring Mission in the Journalism for Peace.
"People have comprehended as well as immature life periods. Perhaps it is immature when you cannot make decisions, changes and follow the flow” - Nana Nersezashvili says.
Nana is one of the founder and head of the Community Organization "Leli”. "Leli”,established jointly with the youth of the village Liliani of Kakheti region,represents a big house, where everyone feels like at home. During the eight years she is implementing various public activates, including community mobilization, raising public awareness, empowerment of rural Women.
10. Salome Belkania
Salome is a journalist. She received the professional knowledge at the Tbilisi state University. She undertook practice coursesat various media outlets. She loves hiking.
"Lela is a psychologist and Eurythmos specialist. She delivers the physical exercises and gives advices to everyone, who needs help and special care, who wants to enroll to the school, to everyone...” – Salome says about Lela Prangulashvili.
Lela Prangulashvili is psychologist and Eurythmos specialist. She works with the people with special needs at the Social Therapy House. She is anemployee of Tbilisi Free Waldorf School as well.
My Leader Woman
1. Author: Khatia Ghoghoberidze, Tbilisi
Khatia is a reporter of news agency Frontnews. After graduating from Batumi state University she continued studying at Master program of the Ilia state University. Previously worked in news portal News.ge, online edition Netgazeti and newspaper Batumelebi. She increased her professional skills through the various courses, including courses offered by Media School and GIPA Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management. She is interested in modern photography.
Arina Tavkarishvili, Gori (Available in Georgian)
“I wish to have a kind of local government, were people are not obliged to move to the central city. All the major decisions are traditionally made in Tbilisi, but Georgia contains different parts, and the leaders should be coming from all parts of the country. I want to have the leaders locally, who will contribute to the process of state-building. You have to be a leader for your people; the progress should be driven locally and not through the center, and not with participation of celebrities. The leadership should be part of the character; the leader should be capable of making unpopular steps sometimes. Fame is not always required to create a progress. Sometime, our country will need wisdom and prudence, but it should not take too long.”
2. Author: Maia Mosiashvili, Rustavi
Maia is a journalist. Currently she works at the non-governmental organization Mercy Corps. She has a multilateral working experience in media as well as in NGO sector. She is the winner of the media competitions organized by Transparency International Georgia for the best article in Investigative journalism and Civitas Georgica for the best article on the topic of self governance issues. She is the member of the Board of Trustees of Rustavi #22 Public School and member of the "Civil Board to Oversee Police activates" under the Office of Georgian Public Defender.
Olga Endeladze, Marneuli (Available in Georgian)
“Every single person hopes that his/her life will improve in future, but if you think that there is no way out and you are unable to change anything, then you fall into depression. This is where the degradation of a person starts. Nevertheless, you always have time to stop, think it over and make your choice - choice for the better life.”
3. Author: Natia Karanadze, Tbilisi
Natia serves as a journalist at TV program Kviriake of Georgian Patriarchate TV Channel Ertsulovneba. She was born in Samtredia town. She studied at Tbilisi Banking - Juridical Lyceum, in 2011 continued studying at Kutaisi St. David Builder Theological Institute.
Nino Qatamadze, Tbilisi (Available in Georgian)
“I was born in Tkibuli city; I studied in Akaki Tsereteli State University of Kutaisi, faculty of philology. I have graduated it with excellence (red diploma) I am unable to teach at schools, because the environment is not adapted for the disabled. I moved to Tbilisi in 2001 and attended the research courses in private school Binuli.
I am disabled, but I am a very active type of person. I think there are no limits to the abilities. We just have to define the problem and then strive towards the goal.”
4. Author: Tamuna Janjulia, Gali
Tamuna is from Gali district (occupied territory of Georgia). She studies at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University (TSU), faculty of Journalism. She was enrolled at the University through the 4+1 program for students from Abkhazia. She is interested in Photography.
Nato Bendeliani, Tagiloni (Available in Georgian)
“Abkhazian school #1 – that’s how it is named, since the most of the students are the children from Abkhazia and mainly from Gali. One of Nato's colleagues Sopo tells us that "even Nato is 50 years old, but she is the most wise and a brave woman. She is the only one who travels every day from the occupied territories, with the goal to deliver education to children. She has never missed a day. It is very rare to have such school principles. I am happy that we are colleagues. She is not just a teacher to children; she is a role model for all of us."
5. Author: Nino Narimanishvili, Akhaltsikhe
We frequently get information from Samtskhe-Javakheti region through the newspaper "Samkhretis Karibche". In 2013, the Religious Council under the Office of Georgian Public Defender awarded the newspaper with the Reward of Supporter of Tolerance for covering Minareti developments professionally. Nino Narimanishvili is an Editor-in-Chief of the edition. At various times she has worked in media as well as in NGO sector.
Marina Modebadze, Akhaltsikhe (Available in Georgian)
“When I was a child, I wanted to become a doctor. I can say that I am practically a doctor, I help everyone who is in need, no matter what is their need, I think it is my mission and I have to fulfill it.”
6. Author: Ana Kopaliani, Tbilisi
Ana is a PhD student of Literature at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University (TSU). Besides the scientific and pedagogical activities, she translates literary works. she is the winner of several literary contests for the best translations. Ana is a member of the editorial board of online-library "lib.ge". She loves intellectual games, theater, cinema and jazz.
Saida Novruzova, Gardabani, Sartichala (Available in Georgin)
“Earlier, it was a shame for a women study, but now, since I started to study, everyone is encouraged to do the same in my village…I will learn English. I will continue to study, I am going to become a dentist, I will work in my village , I will have my own income and nobody will oppress me.”
7. Author: Tamar Kuratishvili, Tbilisi
Tamar studies journalism at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University (TSU). She is a fourth grade student. She passed an internship at the journal "Anima". Loves history and classical literature, she is interested in photography and Georgian Emigrant journalism.
Nana Bagalishvili, Tsnori (Available in Georgian)
“We have united with the goal to request some funds for rehabilitation of Tsnori stadium; for building children play-ground in the Tsnori park; for planting the greenery and for installing outdoor lighting in Kvenakli park and the stadium. We requested it to be allocated from Village Support Government Program fund for Tsnori that amounts to 88 919 GEL. The youth arrived from Tbilisi especially for this occasion. Today, I am extremely proud to be from Tsnori!... With my actions, I want to demonstrate to my fellow citizens that we create the right environment for our lives…if don’t feel comfortable in the existing environment, we are able to make the change.”
8. Author: Isolda Nozadze, Tbilisi
Isolda studies at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University (TSU), at the faculty of journalism. She was intern at the Radio Freedom Media School and undertook professional practice at the Tbilisi Bureau of Adjara TV channel and TV company Imedi.
Nunu Gavasheli, Village Ghebi, Racha region (Available in Georgian)
"The proverb -“Live and learn” is exactly about this person. As she says - she learns to teach…She has never thought of abandoning the village. She is a biologist and chemist by profession, but, there was no need for teachers in those subjects by that time. In 2000, there was an opening for German teacher in the village school. She had no other option, rather than to start learning German. Once she was able to read German books, she asked the school principle to give her a chance. She has been teaching German for 10 years ever since."
9. Author: Raphic Abajian, Akhalkalaki
Raphik Abajian is an Engineer-Technologist by profession. He is a chairperson of the board of the non-governmental organization EKOLIFE and the member of Civic Education for the Justice State. He undertook various trainings in advocacy and communication organized by European Center for Minority Issues.
Seda Melkumian, Akhalkalaki (Available in Georgian)
“If there is something to say – say it, if something has to be organized – go ahead and organize it; something has to be requested? – request it. You have to give others the chance to utilize their possibilities. It is up to them how they take advantage of it. I am a human; I am not some kind of a symbol, statue or a poster. I can make the decision and be responsible for it.”
10. Author: Nina Marikiani, Ninotsminda
Nina is from Ninotsminda district. She completed Eshti Public School with Silver Medal and was enrolled at the Ilia State University through 1+4 program. Nina is a member of the Tbilisi Youth center of Civic Activism.
Karmen Ovsepian, Ninotsminda (Available in Georgian)
"She entered Tbilisi State Medical University within the “4+1 program”. She delivers biology lessons in the village school, where she studied. Apart from teaching, she is actively involved in social voluntary work: together with her pupils, she cleaned eight spring waters, where the villagers used to throw their garbage. After she graduates, she plans to return to her village and to use the knowledge obtained for the development and health of the village population."