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High Council of Justice of Georgia

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Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

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Georgian Bar Association

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Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

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Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

GYLA and PHR Organize a Roundtable on Litigation and Regulation of Sexual Harassment

26 November 2018 GYLA and PHR Organize a Roundtable on Litigation and Regulation of Sexual Harassment

On November 21, USAID/PROLoG legal aid grantees NGOs Partnership for Human Rights (PHR) and Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) organized a roundtable on “Litigation and Regulation of Sexual Harassment in Georgia: Existing Practice and Challenges.” The purpose of the workshop was to review sexual harassment cases handled by PHR and GYLA, assess the challenges identified in case proceedings, and discuss the need for legislative regulations and internal mechanisms to prevent sexual harassment.

Laura Berger, Deputy Director of USAID-Georgia’s Democracy, Governance and Social Development Office, welcomed the guests and highlighted the importance of NGO involvement in defending human rights. Ekaterine Skhiladze of the Public Defender’s Office reviewed the process of applying to the Ombudsman for relief, and referred to the challenges that exist due to the lack of experience and clear regulations on the topic. Along with NGO representatives, she highlighted the bravery of harassment victims in speaking up when the result may be public scrutiny. Londa Toloraia, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Human Rights Department, and Ketevan Meskhishvili, from Tbilisi Court of Appeals, discussed the problem of not having regulations prohibiting sexual harassment, the importance of adopting necessary legislative changes, and future steps to be taken. Dimitri Tskhitishvili, representing the Gender Equality Council of Parliament, and Nino Chikhladze, an expert assisting the Gender Equality Council in drafting needed legislative amendments, made a brief presentation of a draft package of amendments that includes a definition and regulation of sexual harassment.

Around 40 people attended the roundtable and actively engaged in the discussion and expressed their eagerness to contribute and cooperate in future.

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