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Article covers project of Constitutional Amendments and gender issues in it. 

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A draft by feminist artist under the project "Who is NOT afraid of Feminism?"

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Feminist criticism pushed motherhood discourse beyond the "natural" framework and indicated, that while naturalizing mothering process and labelling mother's labour as 'instinct', we trivialize it and create invincible barriers for those women, who cannot fulfill motherhood obligations so easily. 

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Maybe, intitutionalized image of mother is a tool to maintain control over women? Maybe, motherhood is not the instinct of every woman? And on the other hand, maybe fact and process of motherhood is more empowering for women than it is considered by the patriarchal rights and obligations? 

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In the Georgian literature, female characters are mainly burdened with symbolic meanings while representing mothers, seducers, muses or victims, sometimes even referring to oppressed Georgia.  Revaz Inanishvili's work is very exceptional and introduces very different female characters.  

Heinrich Boell Foundation Sounth Caucasus Regional Office invites you to participate in a contest for discovering lost herstories. 

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It is very difficult to swim against the flow, but especially when you do it alone. 

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Parliamentary elections 2016 has proved that women's participation in politics still has a formal character.

 

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Post-election events have clearly demonstrated the crisis of content and meaning in the Georgian politics.

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The phrase "born for the sake of a boy" is something I am unable to forget. This was the name for girls with elder sisters, coming from the large, boy-less families.

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"If we want to change a social behavior, we have to learn how to analyze economic basis of that behavior." 

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 “I was a candidate in mountainous Adjara, where I was told not to show up on meetings in trousers."

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"Lot of man see gender-based quotas as a threat - they are afraid of their own privileges".

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A job at the Museum of Arts History and support of the artist husband's career - this is what was meant by the career achievemnt of the woman art historian. 

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For the less protected nothing changes, or, the environment becomes even more hostile.

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Why kids would not let me play particular games just because I was fat, why the girl from neighborhood was called a "tomboy" just because she could run fast? 

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Now I will say it aloud: I used to excuse myself for being a woman.

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Women and other vulnarable groups do not have equal access to property rights. It happens to be a male privilege and implemeting any policy that is not gender-sensitive will be damaging especially for women. 

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Program represents women as only mothers and housewivies.

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Political ideology of the party is not clearly defined in the program. It is difficult to make conclusions according to the controversial economic and social statements made by the party. 

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It is almost impossible for a woman politician to raise needed finances. The rules here are different, and very uncomfortable for women.

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From the women's rights perspective, Republicans have the most feminist program. 

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"I do not thinks that the problems are coming from legal framework. Problems are coming from awareness and we have to work on it a lot."

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According to the number of presented women, Georgian Dream has the worst indicator (12%) among the other parties of coalitions, which will participate in 2016 elections. 

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For me, not taking a stand means to support the system. Bachana's reposnse to Teo Khatiashvili's blog. Full post is available in Georgian.

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 “I don't like when parties differenciate between what whould be said by men and what by women," Manana Nachkhebia. Full interview is available only in Georgian.

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Program refers to women as "different sex" while suggesting a mandatory gender based quotas.  This is quite symptomatic and highlights the fact that women are trully different in the dominant "masculine" political system. 

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"I am against all forms of discrimination against women" - Elene Khoshtaria. Full interview is available only in Georgian.

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UNM devotes a subchapter to women's issues, but together with children's rights. Full article is available only in Georgian.

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Article discusses different aspects of gender-based quotas and questions it. Full article is available only in Georgian.

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Reading for Expanding the Battlefield: Politicians do not speak to women. They do not speak about women's issues and their narrative excludes women as political subjects. That is why we have used feminist reading as our methodology to critically analyse political discourse in Georgia.

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Born and raised in the environment, which seemed to be based on the values of equality, soon I started realizing that I still was a "second sex", which I could not accept. Full post is available only in Georgian.

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I remember how hard the society tried to mould the values and meanings into female and male shapes. Of course, my mind was cultivated with such phrazes too. Article is available only in Georgian.

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Graphic reportage by artist Victoria Lomasco. Full article is available only in Georgian.
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Graphic reportage by artist Victoria Lomasco. Full article is available only in Georgian.

Activists and artists are invited to attend the master-class by Russian social artist Victoria Lomasko.

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The article critically discusses arguments expressed in the blog “Radical silence of a feminist men”. Full version is available only in Georgian.

Heinrich Böll Foundation is an ECOSOC registered organization and we have the ability to register participants for CSW 60. We are pleased to announce call for participants and kindly ask interested organizations to send their requests.

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Greece has become 26 European country, where same-sex couples will have a possibility to register civil partnership.

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Post discusses situation of rural women and lack of free time. Without free time, it is impossible to start thinking about political or civil rights. Full post is available in Georgian.

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Privilege is like herpes - either you have it, or you don't. In both cases, you feel it with your body, but it is rather embarrassing to talk about them. Article is available only in Georgian.

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During 90's I was a student at Gori Public School. Once, the lesson was disturbed by the sound of broken window. As we learned later, 14 year old girl was kidnapped as a bride by armed boys. Full post is available only in Georgian.

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I do not mean to say that being a feminist requires some innate traits, but rather, I argue that equality should be regarded as naturally given to human beings. Full post is available in Georgian.

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I have often speculated about how and why I stand where I do now. The answer lies in the two main reasons – feeling of protest and solidarity.

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“Emancipated people represent threat only for wealth and influence acquired on the expenses of oppression”. The full article is available only in Georgian.  

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Just as there are multiple sites of oppression for Armenian women who live under an independent, but male dominated government - there are also multiple sites of resistance.

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"When the issue of gender-based quota was firstly raised in parliament, MP’s burst out laughing. Today, it is a topic of discussions, everyone has to speak with arguments – no one can just laugh now”.

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"As I child, I started to notice that people differenciated between me and my sister. I used to enjoy some advantages that she did not. And even though I did notice it, I still justified it somehow".

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When we focus on women while writing on a global topic of climate change, one might ask: why only women, if the results of climate change influence lives of men as well? 

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I did not become a feminist because I of my concerns for women’s rights. This does not sound very polite, but seems so natural now: I became a feminist because of care for myself.

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Giorgi Urchukhishvili: “When my mother realized that only arrogance would protect her female personality, she embraced masculinity. And required the same from me too”.

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Khatuna Gogorishvili, parliamentarian: “More women want to go to politics, but there is a stereotype: who should be on a party list, women or men? In case of women, more criteria should be met". 

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When I watched movie by my favorite French director, Agnes Varda – “The Happiness”, I broke the night thinking – what is it that women directors can do and men cannot?

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The very first moment when I, as an individual, raised the questions regarding inequality and gender-based violence, serves as the foundation for my transformation into a human rights activist.

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Parliamentarian, member of United National Movement: "Women are performing the most important and hard jobs, but always, when future plans are discussed - men are the ones who respond".

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"It was terrible how society reacted when a woman was nominated as a defense minister. It's time to see professionals in women. And we have such women".

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I have two children, both of them girls and I want them to grow up in a society, which is more positive towards women. So, my feminist vision has a very personal grounds.

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Language of the article: Russian. Article analyzes representation of women in the parliament of Armenia and reasons of failure of gender-based quotas.

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Parliamentarian Nino Goguadze speaks about women's rights situation in Georgia, role of women in politics and her personal experience as a woman politician, feminism and need of gender-based quotas.

When on the road to besieged Sarajevo the border police of the Republic of Srpska called out a Muslim woman to step out, Lepa stood up and said: “Take me as well. I am the same as her”.

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In a reality where male priviledge is what defines success in politics, establishment of gender quotas will improve quality of politics. Read in Georgian

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Are quotas artificial? Do quotas decrease qualifications of the politicians? Do quotas violate rights of the voters? Do quotas increase protests and aggression against women-politicians? These are the questions the author of the article tries to find answers to. Read in Georgian

Böll Foundation is pleased to present Anne Klein Women’s Award. The selection of candidates has already started and the deadline is September 30, 2014.

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Article analyses results of 2014 elections from gender perspective. Quotes by 20th century Georgian feminist, Kato Mikeladze are represented in order to compare agenda for women's political participation now and then.

Gender democracy is not only a program goal for Heinrich Boell Foundation, but also an organizational principle. We present our gender statistics of 2013 year.

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