Gender balance in Georgian politics
TBILISI. 2 July 2012 – Leaders of 9 Georgian political parties met with high ranking politicians from the EU member states to discuss representation of women on party lists.
Mr. José Mendes Bota (Portugal), Mr. Pieter Van Geel (The Netherlands) and Mr. Ryszard Kalisz (Poland) shared their experience with the intra party rules and mechanisms for promoting the increased participation of women in political life.
The three European politicians represent the parliaments of their respective countries. Mr. José Mendes Botais is also the General Rapporteur on Violence Against Women of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The 2-day visit of the European parliamentarians was organized by UNDP with funds from the UNDP Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS) and in cooperation the Central Electoral Commission of Georgia and the Gender Equality Council of the Georgian Parliament. The visit is part of the joint UN initiative to enhance gender equality in Georgia.
For media enquiries contact:
Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, +995 599 196907, Sophie.Tchitchinadze@undp.org
About the UN Joint Programme to Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia: The UN joint programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and implemented by the three UN agencies in Georgia – UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA. The programme closely works with the government, civil society and communities to enhance women’s political and economic empowerment; eliminate domestic violence; and to strengthen sexual and reproductive health services and policies.
About UNDP Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS): A three-year global initiative was launched in July 2009 to help countries improve their electoral laws, processes and institutions and enhance the participation of women in electoral processes. The programme is funded the Government of Spain and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).