Tbilisi Declaration

Outcome Document of International High-Level Conference

“Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region”

Tbilisi, 9-10 November 2015

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 and the eradication of gender based violence and to further locate the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda within the ENP processes so that they effectively contribute to the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls,

Having full realization of the momentum generated by the year 2015 as it marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and new four years framework for Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through External Relations (2016-2020) of the EU in the pivotal areas that speak directly to the focus themes of the conference,

  1. Acknowledge the national, regional, and global commitments undertaken by our countries towards the protection, fulfilment and full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by women and girls and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls throughout their life cycle;
  1. Recognize that the fulfilment of the obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action are mutually reinforcing in achieving gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls and the protection, fulfilment and enjoyment of their human rights, and encourage States that have not yet done so to consider ratifying or acceding to the CEDAW and the Optional Protocol thereto;
  1. Welcome the progress made towards achieving gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and the protection, fulfilment and enjoyment of their human rights in the ENP region;
  1. Express concern that progress has been slow and uneven, that major gaps remain and that obstacles, including, inter alia, structural barriers, deeply rooted discriminatory gender stereotypes persist in the areas of women’s political and economic empowerment, addressing the women, peace and security issues, and elimination of violence against women and girls;
  1. Commit to engaging all stakeholders for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, including men and boys, and call upon them to intensify their efforts in this regard;
  1. Stress the importance of political will to tackle the challenges in the fields of women’s political and economic empowerment, fulfilment of women, peace and security agenda, and elimination of violence against women and girls and harmful practices, including through the ENP processes;
  1. Emphasize that engagement in the European Neighbourhood Policy represents significant vehicle for transformative change towards improved protection, fulfilment and enjoyment of women and girls’ human rights and enhancement of gender equality along with the implementation of global commitments pertained in the CEDAW, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and Sustainable Development Goals, striving for the full realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women by 2030;
  1. Acknowledge the need to take further concrete action to ensure that women are increasingly represented and take part in political and economic lives of our countries, among others by application of temporary special measures, including mandatory quotas, for achieving substantive or de facto gender equality in political and economic spheres;
  1. Recognize the need for successful implementation of the agenda set forward by the UN Security Council Resolution #1325 and subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, among others through dedicated Women, Peace and Security Action Plans. Women’s needs and priorities should be considered in the time of peace as well as war, armed conflicts and their aftermaths;
  1. Underline our commitment to put in place all measures, including the transformation of discriminatory norms and gender stereotypes, to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls as well as harmful practices. No efforts should be spared to overcome discriminatory attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society that oftentimes represent the causes of discrimination and violence against women and girls;
  1. Welcome the contributions made by civil society, including non-governmental organizations and women’s and community-based organizations, to the advancement and promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the local, national, regional, and global levels;
  1. Recognize the important role of the European Union, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, in supporting the full, effective, and accelerated protection, fulfilment and enjoyment of women and girls’ human rights and achievement of gender equality in the ENP region, including through prioritization of gender issues.
Schedule
  • 19:00 -
    Welcome Reception hosted by President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili

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

    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 –
    Lunch
  • 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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