The President of Georgia, George Margvelashvili declared 2015 the Year of Women at a press conference held in the presidential palace on January 15th. Presidents’ initiative is a direct reaction on domestic violence cases in which almost 30 women in Georgia were killed last year: “During early 90’s Women in Georgia have faced a very difficult period while the classic structures of our society, politics and economy, all the institutions went down. During these long years of civil wars and transition period women have saved our families from hunger and difficulties. Unfortunately last year there were 29 women victims of violence, killed by their partners and husbands. There is no remedy to tolerate such cases. We have to condemn violence against women and girls and make tangible steps to eliminate domestic violence and violence against women”.
Up to 100 participants - representatives of the Parliament of Georgia, government, UN and international organizations, diplomatic corps, donors and civil society organizations reviewed jointly progress made in the past year in preventing and combatting violence against women and girls and discussed gaps and ways forward. The meeting re-confirmed commitment among relevant stakeholders to strengthen cooperation and coordination and prevent and respond more effectively to all forms of violence against women and girls.
On November 23rd Georgian Rugby Union hosted the match Georgia vs Japan at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi. The match was dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. The Georgia National Rugby Team, who have been partnering with UN Women for over four years and supported UN Secretary General Unite to End Violence against Campaign, have expressed their continuous support to the new UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, HeForShe.
There was around 18,000 viewers at the opening, where school-girls and players from both teams sang the national anthems. Additional tenth of thousands viewers have an opportunity to see a live broadcast of the match.
The Georgian National Rugby Player Lasha Lomidze was also awarded by UN Women for his fair-play as the Man of the Match.
In the period from 17 including 21 November 2014, representatives of the government and parliament of Georgia conducted a study tour to Spain. The goal of the visit was to learn from the experience of Spanish authorities in combatting gender based violence against women and domestic violence. The visit was organized by UN Women, in the frameworks of UN Joint Programme “to Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia,” funded by the Government of Sweden.
The second information sharing meeting between the Georgian participants of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) and women’s civil society organizations conflict-affected women living along administrative boundary lines (ABL) with South Ossetia and Abkhazia took place in Tbilisi on November 20th, 2014.
Head of EUMM Toivo Klaar, participants of IPRM from the ministries of Reconciliation and Civic Equity and Ministry of Internal Affairs, Zviad Zviadadze, Marina Salukvadze and Giorgi Jighauri shared the information about the mechanisms, exchanged observations concerning humanitarian situation on ABL, and discussed with women their needs and recommendations.