Medea has been involved and active in the SRHR field already for 10 years as a programs manager / researcher directed at generating qualitative /quantitative data that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. She has been actively contributing to improving and innovating SRHR policies and practices, with a special focus on empowering young people and key populations already as an ASTRA Youth, and now ASTRA member.
Currently Medea is the national manager for The Global Fund Regional Program “Harm Reduction Works –Fund It!” implemented in Georgia by the Georgian Harm Reduction Network, standing as the member of Country Coordinating mechanism (CCM) Policy and Advocacy Advisory Council (PAAC) for Global Fund to state funding transitioning for HIV programs. She is also the Advocacy Advisor at Georgian Union of PLHIV “Real People Real Vision” which is the member of ASTRA Network. Additionally she stands as SRHR Consultant for Women Fund Georgia. Regionally apart from ASTRA Network, Medea is member of Eurasian Harm Reduction Network and Eurasian Key Populations Health Network.
Medea has been involved in advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the context of international and regional conferences, meetings and public events; participate as expert, speaker and delegate in various international conferences and events. She actively contributed to organizing trainings and capacity building workshops , preparing open letters and position statements; supporting development of reports, factsheets, brochures, leaflets and other advocacy materials; Supporting development of monthly bulletin with the latest news and development from the regional and global perspective.
Professor Iatamze Verulashvili has been working as Professor of Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Tbilisi Medical Academy for Post Diploma Education since year 1989. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the Union Women’s Center, located in Tbilisi, Georgia, since year 1996. Iatamze and her organization have been members of ASTRA since 2002 and was the first organization in Georgia which concentrated on bringing gaps between reproductive health, human rights and women’s issues.
Mrs. Verulashvili is the founding member of the Federation of European Menopause Society (FEMS), European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA), Coordinating Group expert Sexual Violence Research Initiative, member of AIDS Action Europe and board member of KARAT Coalition.
Since 1968 she has been working on advocacy and raising the awareness of life-style education and sexual and reproductive health and rights among women, adolescents and HIV positive women in Georgia. Providing information on safe abortion, full range of modern contraceptives and HIV prevention is at core of her work that was also directed at youth specially. Women’s Center facilitated a program to implement reproductive health and life-style education at schools and universities. In year 2004 a Youth Group dedicated to this kind of work and based on volunteerism was created at the Center. The youth group aims to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS and STIs and educate young people through peer to peer programs. It also advocates for sexuality educations in schools in various institutions.
Mrs. Verulashvili is active on global as well as a speaker at various conferences and a recognized expert in her field.