Fending for herself after leaving a husband who kidnapped her and then losing two sons in Syria's war, Leila Achishvili (pictured below) has fought hard to secure her independence in fiercely patriarchal north-east Georgia.
She has opened a gym, which is one the few public places where women can meet.
She says many are too fearful to attend.
But Achishvili and her daughter Mariam, 16, plan to go, hoping to show others that practicing sport is nothing to be ashamed of.
Photo editing by Marika Kochiashvili, Writing by Tom Balmforth, Editing by John Stonestreet