UNM Women gathered in KachretiMarch 4th, 2015 Countries and Regions | Education | Georgia | News | What we do
On 26-27 February, female politicians from the Georgian opposition party, United National Movement (UNM) met in order to discuss how women could gain more influence in politics. The conference took place in the small village of Kachreti in eastern Georgia, and the women participating were from all over Georgia. At the moment there is no female Mayor in the country and women in rural areas have it most difficult to pursue a political career. However, all women said they were fighting against old structures and attitudes.
The training, a co-operation between Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and International Republican Institute (IRI), was opened by the Member of Parliament, Khatuna Gogorishvili, who talked about how women could obtain higher positions in politics and how to mobilise. Moreover, topics on the agenda were of more general character, and the conference was attended by several UNM Members of Parliament, including Zurab Chaparidze who offered an analysis of the current political situation in Georgia, Sergo Ratiani who gave a speech about economy and Zurab Chiaberashvili who spoke about health care related issues.
Except for the threat from Russia, the frozen conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia struggles with hyperinflation, high unemployment, and difficulties for the government to implement reforms. The future will be a challenge for the country that goes to parliamentary elections in 2016.
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