Participants of Thematic Session II held within the framework of the International High-Level Conference: Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy focused on the elimination of violence against women.
Professor Dr. Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides – Jean Monnet Chair acted as the moderator of Thematic Session II. Among penalists were: Sofo Japaridze – Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues, Ucha Nanuashvili – Public Defender of Georgia, Dubravka Šimonovic – United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Heimo Laakkonen – Director of the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ana Birchall – Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania and Tatiana Moura – Executive Director of Promundo.
The Penalists spoke about the issues relating to the elimination of violence against women and girls; combating discriminatory practice of early marriages and the importance of awareness raising and education. Discussions also focused on the need to enhance the role of men and boys in the process of ending the violence against women;
The presentations were followed by Q&A discussions.
The International High-Level Conference: Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region is held in Tbilisi, on 10 November. Around 250 guests and high-ranking officials will take part in the event held at the initiative of the Georgian Government in partnership with the United Nations and the European Union.