IOM Georgia Marks International Women's Day by Echoing the Voice of Migrant Women

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On 8 March, IOM joins the world in celebrating the International Women’s Day. In these challenging times, it remains of outmost importance to echo the voice of migrant women around the world who continue to show unbelievable courage and dedication to their families, communities, and host countries. IOM Georgia highlighted some of its observations on migration journeys of Georgian women, trends, challenges and needs upon their return home in a brief dedicated to International Women's Day.

Further, to mark this day and highlight the stories of migrant women from Georgia, IOM organized a Facebook live, during which Georgian women returnees from Greece and Belgium talked about their journeys, challenges encountered and their achievements. According to Tinatin, returnee from Greece, now working as a pharmacist in Tbilisi, “women tend to take more responsibilities upon themselves; we are ready to take any job, as long as we have someone offering to babysit our children while we work.”

IOM continues to follow the journey of migrant women from Georgia, as well as foreigners living in the capital city of Tbilisi and other big cities, Kutaisi and Batumi. Below are some of their stories. According to IOM Director General, António Vitorino, “every person on the move has a different story - whether they move because of imminent danger, in search of better opportunities, for love, or to re-join their families. Migrants bring with them hopes as well as capabilities, and we have the duty and the responsibility to listen to and respect them.” 

Girls Batumi

Story of Elena (25), Irina (31), Karina (32), Yulija (27), Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian Friends, Living in Batumi 

COVID-19 Faces of Migration - Story of Bela (age 35), returnee from Belgium // COVID-19 - მიგრაციის სახეები - ბელას ისტორია (ასაკი 35), დაბრუნებული ბელგიიდან

Story of Bela (35) - Returnee from Belgium

Student from India

Story of Surbhi, 23-Year-Old Student from India, Living in Batumi

COVID-19 Faces of Migration – Story of Maia (age 51), returnee from Greece // COVID-19 მიგრაციის სახეები – მაიას ისტორია (ასაკი 51), დაბრუნებული საბერძნეთიდან

Story of Maia (51), Returnee from Greece 

Uzbek Woman

Story of Sogdiana (44) and Shamsia (45), Uzbek Women Living in Batumi