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Parliament supports draft on gender equality

By Messenger Staff
Wednesday, April 6
The Georgian Parliament has supported changes to Georgian law on Gender equality on its first reading.

The proposed changes were drafted by the Women's Information Center together with a working group.

The changes were presented by the Vice Speaker and the Chair of the Gender Equality Council, Manana Kobakhidze.

The package implies the establishment of gender equality institutional mechanisms at the local self-governmental level.

The Gender Equality Council was founded to work in municipalities and on the city assembly level. In the executive branch, a responsible individual for gender equality issues will be allocated in each municipality.

In Tbilisi, the Women's Information Center held a conclusive meeting about the Sustaining Gender Justice through Enhancing Women’s Political Engagement project.

The aim of the meeting was to present the results of the project for civil society and working out a strategy for strengthening institutional mechanisms of local self-government, as well as presenting the outcomes of this year's United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The project was implemented in 2010 with the support of Oxfam, a British charity, and is aimed at involving more women in politics and improving gender institution mechanisms in Georgia.