For 14 years the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has worked in Georgia to increase the political participation of national women leaders from across the political spectrum through the Future Women Leaders (FWL) program. In 2015, NDI expanded its support to build the skills and capacity of women at the local level.
Local women leaders spent the next two years, between 2015 and 2017, engaging in a series of trainings and workshops. Together, local council members from NDI’s six partner municipalities - Akhaltsikhe, Batumi, Gurjaani, Kutaisi, Tbilisi and Zugdidi - developed skills in team building, conflict management and negotiation, strategic planning, communication, and public speaking and media relations. The program gave women local council members an opportunity to meet colleagues from different municipalities, exchange experiences and knowledge, and generate new ideas.
Participants reported an increase in their self-confidence and a more concrete understanding and use of strategic planning practices, helping them conduct more effective negotiations with stakeholders and increase their role in local decision-making. According to both faction and deputy heads, FWL program participants’ colleagues also noticed improvement in their professional skills and practices.
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