Conferences on establishing a women network in Georgia

February 29th, 2016   Georgia | News
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Participants from one of the conferences in Kutaisi, Georgia

During the last year, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and the International Republican Institute have arranged women conferences for active female politicians from our co-operation organisation in Georgia, the United National Movement. Ten conferences have taken place throughout the country, with the aim of establishing a strong and effective women forum in the party. On February 18-21, the last four conferences took place in Kutaisi, in the region of Imereti.

Female members of the UNM came together from all around the region to discuss the current situation for women in Georgia and to discuss strategies for the future, but also to meet with and listen to members of the Georgian parliament and other prominent representatives from the party. The conferences were chaired among others by Mrs Tinatin Bokuchava, MP and Chairwoman of the newly established UNM Women’s Forum, Mr Giorgi Kandelaki, MP and Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration, and Mr Levan Tarkhnishvili, MP and former advisor to Georgia’s former president Mr Mikhail Saakashvili. The conferences were co-hosted by the International Republican Institute.

Giorgi Kandelaki, ledamot i Georgiens parlament under ett föredrag

Giorgi Kandelaki, Member of the Georgian Parliament, during a session

Women’s situation in Georgia has drastically changed in a good way during the last ten years, but is now facing a backlash after the current governments move towards autocracy and patriarchal values. Georgia is still unequal compared to Western European states, but has come the furthest in its region. Women’s situation on the countryside is worse than in the cities, but has a bright future the more active and unified female participation becomes in local and national politics.

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