Marriët Schuurman - NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security


Fifteen years ago, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on the importance of women’s participation in all areas of peace and security, including conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. This milestone Resolution was the result of a realization that peace is inextricably linked with equality between men and women. UNSCR 1325, and seven subsequent Resolutions, form and reinforce the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. NATO has made implementation of the Resolution one of its priorities and is proud of its record, most notably within its operations in Afghanistan and in the Balkans. But more needs to be done, especially when it comes to promoting equal participation in NATO itself.

NATO is committed to break down barriers and support women in assuming their rightful role in peace and security matters. Last year, NATO revised its Policy and developed a two-year Action Plan to further implement UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions. This was not done alone. The Policy and Action Plan were developed with the participation of 28 Allies and in concert with our partners in the Euro Atlantic Partnership Council plus six Global Partners. Georgia, and many other countries in the ENP region, are important partners in this endeavour. As we move to the Warsaw Summit in 2016, NATO will, together with the Euro-Atlantic and Global Partners, revise its action plan as the roadmap toward improved practical and meaningful implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda into the future.

  • 19:00 -
    Welcome Reception hosted by President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili

    Exhibition “50 Women from Georgia”
  • 09:00 –
  • 010:00 –
    Opening of the Conference
  • 10:30 –

    Exhibition “Women Members of Constituent Assembly 1919-21” presented by Ms. Thea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia
  • 11:00 –
    Thematic Session I – Women's political and economic empowerment cornerstones for the achievement of gender equality
  • 12:30 –
  • Exhibition “Gender Integration in the Georgian Armed Forces” presented by Ms. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia
  • 13:45 –
    Thematic Session II – Women as agents of positive change in peace and security efforts
  • 15:15 –
    Coffee Break
  • 15:45 –
    Thematic Session III – Joining forces to end violence against women and girls in public and private domains
  • 17:15 –
    Coffee Break
  • 17:30 –
    Adoption of the Tbilisi Declaration and Closing Remarks
  • 20:00 –
    Gala Dinner
Tbilisi Declaration

Draft version

We, the participants of the Conference,

Having gathered at the International High-Level Conference “Achieving Gender Equality – Challenges and opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region” in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2015 to renew our strong commitment to gender equality, human rights, the empowerment of women and girls...

Copyright © 2015, Achieving Gender Equality | Tbilisi, Georgia