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Raising public awareness via media
In order to raise public awareness on domestic violence and to bring the issue to public discussion, Sakhli constantly thrives to highlight the issue of domestic violence and related problems in newspapers and magazines, TV and radio programs, publications, social media and advertising activities (social advertisement and video clips). During the past years we have published over 70 articles on the topic of domestic violence, family conflicts and related issues.
During the recent years, Sakhli has regularly arranged a wide range of activities under the auspices of the international “16 Days Campaign Against Gender-based Violence”. These activities have been conducted with the involvement of women, children and youth – representatives of Sakhli’s target population and encompass, along with awareness raising activities, cultural and educational events.
In 2000 and 2005, Sakhli conducted large scale public awareness campaigns aiming to bring change in public attitudes and sow the seeds for the adoption and successful implementation of the Law of Georgia on Elimination of Domestic Violence.
In order to raise awareness on the issues of violence against women and domestic violence, 5 short documentary films have been prepared by Sakhli during the recent years
“Woman Wanted” (support provided by Oxfam, 1998);
“Sakhli Advice Centre for Women” (Oxfam, 2003);
“Domestic Violence is a Crime” (Oxfam, 2006);
“Life Free from Danger” (UNHCR, 2007);
“Let you Always Sing Mother!” (Swiss Cooperation Office South Caucasus, 2008)
In 2015, Sakhli was cooperating on the development of a screenplay for a documentary film “Speak out!” produced with the support of UN Women in cooperation with the Georgian National Film Center.
Trainings and Seminars
Sakhli regularly carries out trainings and seminars on the issue of domestic violence with members of society, different target groups (ethnic minorities, youth, internally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers) and representatives of different ministries, services and agencies (law enforcers, social workers, health workers, teachers).
Since 2007, Sakhli has focused its work on psychosocial rehabilitation of victims of sexual and gender-based violence among the Internally Displaced Population (IDP). The regular informative meetings and psycho-educational seminars are arranged for IDP women and girls on different topics, which include: domestic violence, its effects on children and adults, effective communication and conflict resolution skills, coping skills, promotion of self-confidence. Services and assistance available on the basis of Sakhli is offered to participants. Since 2016 these activities have expanded to new target groups - refugees, asylum-seekers and humanitarian status holders.