How the future architect breaks down gender stereotypes

21-year-old Tamuna Maisuradze, a resident of Gori, is one of the 30 young beneficiaries who have participated in a project supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) “Protecting IDP rights during the COVID-19 crisis in Georgia & Expanding agency and voice and improving the socio-economic outlook for conflict-affected women during the COVID-19 crisis”.

The project, implemented by the Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC) in Shida Kartli and Samegrelo, aimed to introduce the peer education program in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Within the framework of this project, Tamuna attended the peer education training, deepening her knowledge about the issues such as gender equality, human rights, and COVID-19 prevention. After finishing the training, the peer educators the gained knowledge shared with the young people living in border villages through various activities, including information meetings.

“Gender equality and stereotypes were the most significant issues for me among the topics covered during the training. I study architecture and I am interested in the construction industry, which, you will probably agree, is another ‘male profession’.”

It should be noted that Tamuna recently won a competition held within the framework of the project “Profession has no gender” supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia. The project is implemented by the “Movement for Change – MFC” and the construction company “Anagi”.

Currently, the future architect is attending the internship program at Anagi construction sites, studying construction technology and quality control. Creating her own success story, she strives to contribute to breaking down gender stereotypes.

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