DWO empowers women to be involved in the civic decision-making process and helps prepare them to take on public leadership roles. In 2009, DWO created the Women’s Leadership School to train women on how to advocate for their communities at the local level. 120 women have participated in the School, learning about topics such as gender equality, electoral processes, and running for local and central government offices.
The graduates of the Women’s Leadership School have established 16 action groups and developed 36 petitions which were submitted to the local government for review. 25 out of the 36 petitions were successfully implemented. The petitions addressed community issues such as renovating kindergarten buildings, access to clean water, allocating public space for a hospital, and rebuilding roads and bridges.
Graduates of the School have gone on to become members of their local government. In 2011, Akhaltsikhe became the only city in Georgia to have 11 women on the Sakrebulo (city council,) 3 of whom were graduates of the school. Six graduates have since become members of the Georgian Parliament.