Interview with Phati Bukhrikidze
1. Please briefly introduce yourself and your organization.
I am Phati Bukhrikidze.
I am a woman of women's peace movement and I represent Georgia Organization "Women and Development, which works in the most conflicting region in Shida Kartli, Georgia. At time of armed conflict going in Georgia, in August 2008, the state of Russia occupied the whole central region of Shida Kartli, Georgia. Women and girls of Shida Kartli, who represent 2/3 of the whole population, were especially incurred by war activities and occupation.
2. First of all, we would like to ask you what “peace”; means and why you think “peace”; is needed in Georgia
The peace for me means to leave a legacy of world of peace for future generations by expanding peace work among the groups working for realization of world peace and the improvement of women's status.
3. What was your motivation for you to begin collaborating with International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and what kinds of projects have you been doing in “affiliation with IWPG?
Our motivation is that for to begin collaborating with IWPG is an international peace NGO that protects children with a motherly heart and works to leave a legacy of a peaceful world to the future generation. IWPG works for the prosperity of humanity and for the protection of the beautiful global village with peace. In particular, it is very important for our children and young adults, who will be our future leaders, to realize the painful history of war and to plant peaceful hearts to achieve world peace and cessation of war.
We cooperate with IWPG on women's peace education, development of women's peacekeeping movement, spreading peace and spreading culture.
4. I heard you had a meeting with the first advisor to the president of Georgia to deliver the peace letters. Who wrote those Peace Letters? How did you get to take part in the Peace Letters campaign?
I personally handed peace letters to give the President's Advisor. These peace letters were written by women activists of the peace movement, who have experimented with the horrors of war pain. I participated in the Peace Letter campaign. I wrote a letter of peace in my hand, where I asked the President of Georgia, to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) is the answer to achieving peace, which was first declared by an NGO HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), in 2016.
5. Please tell us how the first advisor to the president of Georgia reacted about those Peace Letters? Did she give you any reply?
Meeting with the President's Advisor is very positive. In response to DPCW’s support for UN and IWPG Ms. Ketevan Makharashvili said: that the president’s administration is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the issue and they will give us about decision information.
6. What are the ultimate aims and goals that you would like to achieve through this Peace Letters Campaign? I would like to ask you if you have any further plan to achieve such aims and goals.
Through this peace letter campaign, my goal is to make more women in this movement in order to force the Georgian government to support the UN DPCW
7. Please give some words to the women’s organizations in Georgia and the organizations working for peace in Georgia.
My initiative and active member of Women's Peace Movement in Georgia, In Shida Kartli there are hundreds of women and girls and this movement is headed by Women and Development and Feminist Initiatives Foundation