This report maps the situation of gender and ICTs in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, identifying trends, gaps, as well as some good practices. It focuses particularly on the integration of gender in relation to issues such as process and control, education, training and skills and development, and their use to enhance opportunities for human development. Read more
This Guide is designed to offer insights into the critical elements that shape systems of good local governance in the South Caucasus region. It also serves as a tool for local decision-makers and practitioners. The Guide includes case studies on Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Read more
The handbook provides a comparative overview of gender-aware legislation and practices in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. It also describes a comprehensive approach to influencing legislation and implementation processes, and provide detailed checklists for reference when analyzing legislation and its implementation. Read more
In a country where traditional roles of womanhood are persistent and widespread, women are often discouraged from seeking employment, either as a result of internalized patriarchal notions or more often, due to constraints from their domestic obligations.
Though data on these issues is largely sporadic, the World Bank database presents an interesting opportunity for analyzing the female labour force of a country that aims to adopt European values.
It appears that the percent of females above the age of fifteen who choose to participate in the labour force has risen only two percentage points... Read more
From June 18–21, 2012, IFES worked with the Institute of Social Studies and Analysis (ISSA), a Tbilisi–based research organization, to conduct eight focus groups across Georgia to better understand the perceptions, opinions and perceived obstacles women face as political candidates and elected officials. Findings indicate that while both men and women are open to voting for either men or women candidates based on their qualifications, greater participation of women in Georgian politics is challenged by societal assumptions on the role of women.
This report attempts to draw a general picture of the situation in Georgia, from a gender perspective. It discusses gender issues in public and private lives separately, and addresses gender differences in human and social capital as well. Read more
This report provides information on political parties in Georgia. It examines the internal functioning and structure of the political parties, as well as the external regulations and environment which shape their work. Read more
Sabina Talibova is an ethnic Azerbaijanian living in Marneuli. Some time ago, she became involved in several non-governmental organizations which are working to engage women more in employment and politics.
DF Watch talked to her about problemspeople in Marneuli are facing now and problems that appeared after the Russia-Georgia war in 2008. Read more
This website provides links to a number of country reports that were written based on research and dialogue with political parties. These reports examine the internal functioning and structure of political parties, as well as the external regulations and environment which shape their work. The website includes reports from Estonia, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, Armenia, India, Georgia, Bangladesh, Slovakia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Mauritius. Read more
To many, it may come as no surprise. Politics is a man’s world in the South Caucasus, where women remain a legislative minority, according to recent data from the World Bank.
The study showed that, regionally, Armenia has the lowest share of female parliamentarians, at 11 percent of its 131-seat National Assembly. Georgia comes next on the list with 12 percent, though the 2012 election marked a slight improvement. Azerbaijan is doing the best, though the female presence in its 125-seat Milli Majlis still stands at a modest 16 percent.
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This report describes women's portrayal in media and their limited participation in the creation of media policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also includes results of the media monitoring and assessment held in Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, and Uzbekistan. . Read more
The Public Defender’s Office has expressed its concerns over the declining rate of women's participation in the country’s political life experiences and there is no progress observed on the horizon.
According to Ombudsmen Ucha Nanuashvili, the deterioration in this regard was revealed after the 2014 local elections in which women's representation met only 11.1%. Also, changes were made in the cabinet of ministers without the consideration of female participation.
Nanuashvili stressed that the participation of women in the cabinet has been reduced from 21% to 16%.
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UN Women observes progress in many areas, including expanding women’s leadership roles and enhancing women’s economic empowerment. For many women, poverty and violence are every day facts of life as they fight to acquire equal rights with men – in employment, family, property, as well as access to public services and security, says UN Women's program director for the sub-regional office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Damira Sartbaeva. She believes that the international and local community should invest adequate human and financial resources to the fight against gender inequality. ... Read more
Women in the Democratic Republic of Georgia hold powerful positions in the media. They often work behind the scenes, but they significantly influence the policies and trends in the local media.
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This discussion is aimed to shed light on the following questions:
1. What strategies have women’s caucuses developed to shape national policy agendas in different thematic areas (e.g. economy, security, health, environment, education and others( in ways that are gender-responsive? What are opportunities and challenges in this respect? What further measures are recommended to strengthen the capacities of women’s caucuses to promote gender equality and sustainable, equitable development in their daily work? What specific measures are recommended that target young women leaders as future... Read more
State officials have been deliberately pursuing a policy in Georgia to make the post of President, if not redundant, then significantly lacking in leverage. Nino Burjanadze, a Georgian politician and lawyer who chaired the Parliament from November 2001 to June 2008, spoke to the Voice of Russia in an exclusive interview about her reasons to run for this high office and what prevented her from winning it years ago.