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USAID/PROLoG Supports the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

21 December 2018 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

 

USAID/PROLoG, together with its partners and legal aid grantees, launched the campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” to raise awareness of gender-based violence and women’s rights in Georgia. 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. A series of events were organized to address the topic of the campaign, including:

 

  • Screening of the documentary “RBG” at Ilia State University: The Human Rights Film Club hosted the screening of “RBG,” together with a follow-up discussion with Nino Bakakuri, Supreme Court Justice, and Laura Berger, Deputy Director of USAID/Georgia’s Democracy, Governance and Social Development Office. “RBG” is a 2018 documentary focusing on the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Roundtable on “Litigation and Regulation of Sexual Harassment in Georgia: Existing Practice and Challenges” was organized by Partnership for Human Rights (PHR) and Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA). The workshop reviewed sexual harassment cases handled by PHR and GYLA, assessed the challenges identified in case proceedings, and discussed the need for legislative regulations and internal mechanisms to prevent sexual harassment.  
  • Third National Moot Court Competition in Human Rights for students: The competition was organized by the National Institute for Human Rights at Free University, and the focus was equality before the law and the prohibition of discrimination in the context of the LGBTQI community. All participants received certificates and prizes, and the winner of the Best Speaker Award was awarded an internship at the NGO “Georgian Democracy Initiative.”
  • Panel Discussion on “Prevention of Gender-Based Violence and Discrimination”: Ilia State University’s Human Rights Chair, in cooperation with the project “EU Supporting the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality,” held a panel discussion on the prevention of gender-based violence and discrimination. The panelists were inspiring female leaders: Tamar Chugoshvili, First Deputy Chairperson of the Parliament and Chair of Gender Equality Council of Parliament, Sopho Japaridze, Prime Minister’s Assistant on Human Rights Protection and Gender Equality Issues and Chair of the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, Londa Toloraia, Director of Department of Human Rights of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Patricia Rosa Garcia, Team Leader of EU Supporting the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality Program. Dea Goshkheteliani, a law school alumna and domestic violence survivor, moderated the discussion. The speakers discussed Georgian policies regarding sexual harassment and gender-based violence, as well as legislative amendments and reforms that are underway.
  • Public Lecture and Discussion on Nadia Murad - “A Fight Against Sexual Violence”: Ilia State University’s Human Rights Chair organized a public lecture and discussion about the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad. Agit Mirzoev, human rights defender and the head of the NGO “Centre for Participation and Development” provided a brief introduction to the Yezidi religion and culture, as well as the history of their struggle. Tamar Kapanadze, a research assistant for the Human Rights Chair, discussed Nadia Murad’s fight as an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by Islamic State (IS) militants and later became the face of a campaign against sexual violence as a weapon of war.
  • High-level meeting of the Parliament’s Gender Equality Council and stakeholders on prevention and response to sexual harassment: Supported by USAID/PROLoG together with UN Women, the meeting was led by the Gender Equality Council and attended by representatives of the Government of Georgia, civil society, and other development partners. The participants discussed the definition of sexual harassment, existing challenges and barriers to its prevention, prevention mechanisms, and legislation.
  • Public lectures at Telavi and Gori State Universities: Organized by GYLA, the lectures discussed domestic violence and violence against women. The meetings focused on various challenges, such as the specifics of domestic violence and the difficulties of domestic violence investigations.
  • Roundtable with Ilia State University law students: Union Sapari lawyers hosted a roundtable to review practices related to violence against women based on their actual cases. The discussion focused on domestic violence, violence against women, and restraining orders in domestic violence cases. 
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