“It’s not easy to be a woman, especially if you live in rural areas. But I tell all women I meet that they need to go out into the world and see what they can do for others. You can’t make your little home perfect if your big home is in trouble.”
Ten years ago, Ketevan Khidasheli moved from Tbilisi to a small village in one of the poorest regions of Georgia. She was the only person in the village who had computer skills and access to internet.
Together with a group of local activists, Ketevan set up a local organization to fight gender-based violence, provide opportunities for women and youth, and advocate for human rights.
This year, after a long two-year struggle with the municipality, they are opening a kindergarten for the small Muslim community living next to our village.
“This is a great victory for us and for the mothers, who now have more time to focus on their personal development.”
“I have to convince women every day that they have great potential and can achieve anything they want if they try.”
Ketevan Khidasheli is the 2017 champion of the annual Kato Mikeladze Prize which acknowledges outstanding achievements in supporting women’s rights and gender equality in Georgia. The prize bears the name of the early 20th century Georgian feminist and founder of Georgian suffragism, and is the highest award given to women’s rights activists in Georgia.
Article by UNDP Georgia