George Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, declared 2015 the ‘Year of Women’ at a press conference in the presidential palace on the 15 January. “We have to condemn violence against women and girls and make tangible steps to eliminate domestic violence and violence against women”, he said, highlighting that this initiative is a direct reaction to the rise in domestic violence cases. In Georgia alone, 29 women were killed by their partners and husbands in 2013.
The UN Women Representative in Georgia, Erika Kvapilova, commended the country’s political authorities for actively addressing policies and legislations concerning non-discrimination and gender equality.
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High publicity statements must be accompanied by policies to remove barriers to female participation and proactive measures to encourage it.
In his speech, Margvelashvili underlined the need to increase female representation in public and political life, including through temporary special measures and quotas, and expressed his readiness to support and foster all initiatives promoting women’s rights in Georgia. He also reiterated the need to foster substantial equality and eradicate discrimination across all spheres.