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Stress factors in post-soviet period 1989-2011

Natalia Zazashvili

The Collapse of the soviet system caused prolonged political, economical and psychosocial difficulties for the society. On one hand, collapse of totalitarian regime gives opportunity for change and for building open society, but on the other hand it is serious traumatizing risk factor for the society. This presentation describes : stress factors in post soviet period 1989-2011 ( April 9, civil conflict, ethno conflict, rose revolution, November 7, 2007, August war 2008, June 15, 2009, May 26, 2011), which have had an effect on Georgian state’s political, social economic development and society’s mental health. At the same time author will discuss the steps taken in the field of human rights in Georgia, such as joining international documentation and changes in local legislation.
In recent years, experience and researches in the field of traumatology, shows that massive traumatizing event is reflected on the individual as well as on the social level, which means that society, as one whole organism, acquires certain features and overcoming strategies typical for traumatized individuals. In order to clarify this phenomenon the presentation will discuss comparative analysis of individual and societal trauma, based on the case of rehabilitation work, conducted with the people affected during the raid of peaceful demonstration on November 7, 2007.

ISSHR Conference, 6- 8 October 2011, Tbilissi, Georgia.
Health and Human Rights: Doing Justice, Building Capacity
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Natalia Zazashvili

Natalia Zazashvili was one of the founders of the Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims as well as a founding member of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma. Zazashvili contributed enormously to the efforts working to assist many vulnerable groups in Georgia.

In parallel with her work at GCRT, she was one of the pioneers of the fight against domestic violence in Georgia and worked as the Director of Union Sapari – Family without Violence. She also actively participated in the introduction and development of the Diversion and Mediation Program in Georgia as well as being its first mediator.

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