Internet magazine Chai Khana created with support of MYMEDIA, prepared a series of materials about daily life and problems of women in South Caucasus – in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and presented it on the 8th of March.
A team of journalists from the above countries worked on this issue, and problems raised were equally urgent for all of them. Gender-prejudiced abortions are widespread all over South Caucasus – 154 000 of girls did not come to life within the last 20 years because of them.
The problems of domestic violence, suppression of women rights, and lawlessness of men are also acute in these societies. This is what the March issue of Chai Khana is dedicated to. But there are also the opposite stories – about women who try to defend their rights and liberties and succeed in it.
We asked several journalists of Chai Khana to tell us about their stories, heroes and the reasons of their choice.
Hermine Virabian (Armenia) “A life without violence”
Domestic violence in Armenia is a common thing, but local media keep silence about the problem, and the government has been unsuccessfully going to approve the law that toughens the punishment for violence against women for many years.
“ One of my heroines is a woman who, who was beaten by her husband for 9 years before she left went to the court. It was uneasy to find the women who would agree to speak for the camera. Most of them refused, because they did not believe their confessions would make a change. But I believe it is an important to speak this problem out and attract maximum attention to it”.
Zaka Guluyev (Azerbaijan) “A Women's Shelter In Baku”
This is a story about the first women’s shelter who became victims of violence. Here they are protected, given accommodation and helped to find psychological rehabilitation.
“I wanted to show how important these shelters are for women who became victim of violence. For instance, one of the heroines is a woman from Ukraine who was brought o Baku by deceit. All this time she had to live in the streets without documents and work for food. Then she got to the shelter and there she was helped to restore her documents and she’s going to get back to Ukraine”.
Yana Israelyan (Georgia) “Irma”
This story is about a resident of one mountain village in Georgia that manages to combine the work of a director of local school and to bring up nine kids.
“It is common to think that families that have many children need help. Bu active and optimistic Irma breaks this stereotype. She is an example of how to be a good mother for many children and a successful leader”.
Chai Khana is an internet periodical that writes about social problems in South Caucasus and is trying to foster dialogue between different ethnic, social and religious groups and is promoting the idea of tolerance.
The project was launched in December 2014 with financial support of MYMEDIA. They have published 3 topical issues since then – about national and religious minorities of Caucasus, people with disabilities and gender.