Our Impact

In our 20 year history, DWO has made great strides in improving the lives of women in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. We are proud to share some of our accomplishments in our critical areas of work, which include:

  • Establishing the first regional community health clinic that specializes in women’s health in 2002.  This clinic has the only mammogram machine in the region.
  • Establishing the first domestic violence shelter for women in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region in 2004 (which is located in a village within the Akhaltsikhe municipality).
  • Establishing a medical laboratory in 2018 to provide diagnostic screenings for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Helping to pass national legislation on gender equality “Law of Georgia on Gender Equality” and domestic violence “Law of Georgia on the Elimination of Domestic Violence, Protection, and Support of Victims of Domestic Violence” in collaboration with the Anti-Violence Network of Georgia.
  • Ensuring that women diagnosed with cancer have all costs for care covered;
  • Securing the passage of legislation that provides a municipal stipend for women when they take time off work for the birth of a child; and
  • Obtaining passage of legislation that requires the municipality to cover the cost of urgent care obtained at the municipal hospital.
DWO’s Annual Impact from 2014-2018

A Look at 2018
  • In 2018, DWO provided 2,109 legal, psychological and social work consultations to women and their families. The consultations covered a variety of topics ranging from filing divorce papers to finding alternative safe living arrangements to how to deal with emotional distresses. DWO was effective in resolving the various issues in collaboration with the women and our local partners.
  • 3,980 people came to our medical clinic for health services in 2018. 25% of these patients received referrals for more extensive treatment at other medical facilities (i.e. Tbilisi hospitals). 40% of the patients recovered from their health condition. 35% are currently receiving treatment for their health problems.
  • 1,890 women called DWO’s hotline (helpline) and received assistance.
  • 420 women and children who experienced domestic violence and abuse received direct assistance.
  • 27 workshops, trainings and informational meetings were conducted in 2018. A total of 455 individuals attended these trainings and increased their knowledge on the topics of gender equality, women’s rights and human rights.
  • In 2018, 31 women and 59 children stayed at DWO’s shelter. 100% of women were very satisfied and appreciative of the temporary housing and rehabilitative services they received. 14 women found alternative living arrangements once they left DWO’s shelter. 36 women found jobs to support themselves.