Participants of the High-Level International Conference on Gender Equality have discussed the issue of women’s political role empowerment


Thematic Session I of the International High-Level Conference: “Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region” was held to address the following issues: women’s participation in decision-making processes, sharing successful experience, political quotas for women, institutional mechanisms for gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as generating decent employment opportunities for women.

Professor of the University of Latvia Žaneta Ozoliņa was a moderator of the session.

The session’s panelists were Minister of JusticeThea Tsulukiani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia Marina Kaljurand, First Vice-Speaker, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Jaroslava Jermanová, Senator of the Parliament of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria Hafida Benchehida, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Al-Nims.

All panelists discussed the measures carried out in their countries for gender equality and women’s political participation and economic empowerment; focused on achievements, challenges and future plans, as well as on causes of violence and discrimination against women and ways of their elimination.

Thematic Session I was followed by Q&A.


  • 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...

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