Women’s Health

DWO operates the only community health clinic in the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti, providing free and low-cost services to women.

Women’s Empowerment

DWO trains women in the region on matters of civic engagement, personal & public advocacy, and women’s legal rights.

Domestic Violence Prevention & Intervention

DWO operates the only shelter in the southern region of Georgia where women and their children can find refuge from abuse.

About DWO

Democrat Women’s Organization of Samtskhe-Javakheti, (DWO), is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working across communities, ethnicities and religions to provide a full range of services to advance women’s physical, domestic and civic health.

Founded in 1998 and officially registered in 2001, DWO supports women in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region through its women’s health clinic, its shelter for victims of domestic violence and programs to promote women’s civic and political empowerment.

Our Mission

To advance the well-being of women so they are safe, healthy and actively involved in the political and social life of their communities.  

Our Vision

Working together, we can build a society that champions women in their pursuit of economic security, political participation and physical well being.

Our Work

DWO’s work falls into three main categories:

  • Community Education and Training: topics include domestic violence, women’s rights, human rights, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and civic engagement.
  • Health Services: medical services include mammograms, gynecological exams, breast exams, diagnostic screenings for communicable and non-communicable diseases, ultrasounds, and primary care and reproductive health consultations.
  • Social Services: legal, psychological and social work consultations, case management, and temporary housing for domestic violence victims.

The Region

Samtskhe-Javakheti is a region in the South-East of Georgia which borders Armenia and Turkey, as well as the Georgian regions of Adjara, Guria, Imereti, Shida Kartli, and Kvemo Kartli.

It is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in Georgia. The population includes Armenians, Russians, Ossetians, and Greeks; however, Armenians are the majority population in the region, 49.5% compared to 48.5% Georgians.  Women in ethnic minority populations in many regions of Georgia are unable to access health and domestic violence intervention services because of language barriers between the service provider and the beneficiary. DWO remains cognizant of this difficulty and all services – health care, domestic violence, and women’s political empowerment training – are offered in the three primary languages of the region – Georgian, Armenian and Russian.

A Look At Our Annual Impact


Total women served


Domestic & gender-based violence consultations provided


Women access healthcare services


Women participate in empowerment trainings

Welcome to the DWO Website

I’m glad you’re here.

Through the course of my life and in my role as a sister, mother, and grandmother of young women, I have been uniquely aware of the challenges women and girls face in a traditional society such as Georgia’s. I have been fortunate to have had opportunities to defy many of the traditional gender norms still expected of the women in my community. My vision for starting DWO came from my desire to give other women the ability to confidently build better lives and become fierce advocates for themselves, their families, and their communities. I started DWO to create a space where women could find support in times of crisis and receive guidance on making their voices heard.

Since beginning DWO in 1998, it has been my privilege to witness both the growth of the women we serve and the strides made by our organization in our critical areas of work. I am grateful to DWO’s donors, partners, staff and volunteers for their support and hard work over the last 20 years.

I hope you enjoy looking through DWO’s website and learning more about what we do. The fight for gender equality still remains a challenge in the country of Georgia, and we welcome your support in promoting DWO’s mission to advance the wellbeing of women in Samtskhe-Javakheti. If you are interested in getting involved, you can contact me at marinamodebadze19@gmail.com.


Marina Modebadze
Founder and Director

Our Impact

Read more about the impact our work has had in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

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Contact DWO if you or someone you know need to access any of our services.

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