Schedule

International High-Level Conference Organized by the Government of Georgia in Cooperation with the EU and UN

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

9-10 November 2015
Tbilisi, Georgia

9 November Arrival of Participants

18:30

Departure from the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel by buses to the Presidential Palace

19:00 – 21:00

Welcome Reception hosted by President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili Exhibition “50 Women from Georgia”

 

The exhibition presents a selection of images and biographies of distinguished women - painters, artists, writers and public figures, who redefined women’s roles in the 19th and the 20th century Georgian society. Through their efforts, Georgian women obtained voting rights, were elected in the Founding Congress of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921), studied in European Universities and actively promoted equal rights for women. Biographical information and photos are collected by the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation from various museums, families and state archives

21:00

Departure for the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel by buses

10 November Venue: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel – Iveria Ballroom

09:00 – 09:45

Registration, coffee/tea

10:00 – 10:30

Opening of the Conference

Welcome Remarks:

 

H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili – Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Opening Addresses:

 

1. H.E. Irakli Garibashvili – Prime Minister of Georgia

2. H.E. Federica Mogherini – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission

3. Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu – UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC)

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

 

Exhibition “Women Members of Constituent Assembly 1919-21” presented by Ms. Thea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia

The Exhibition honours the first women in politics in modern Georgia and highlights the election of the Constituent Assembly in 1919, which was unique in that every citizen of Georgia, despite their gender, was able to participate. This Exhibition is jointly organized by the Women’s Information Center (WIC) and the National Archives of Georgia

11:00-12:30

Thematic Session I W omen's political and economic empowerment cornerstones for the achievement of gender equality

Questions to be addressed: Women's participation in decision making processes – learning from the experiences of role models; Political quotas for women – best examples and lessons learned; Institutional mechanisms for gender equality and women’s empowerment – achievements and challenges; Gender gaps in women’s paid work; Generating decent employment opportunities for women; Impacts of family friendly policies on women’s employment

Format: Moderated discussion

Moderator: Ms. Žaneta Ozoliņa – Professor of the University of Latvia

Panelists (5 minutes)

 

1. Ms. Thea Tsulukiani – Minister of Justice of Georgia

2. H.E. Marina Kaljurand – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

3. Ms. Jaroslava Jermanová – First Vice-Speaker, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

4. Ms. Hafida Benchehida – Senator of the Algerian Parliament, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

5. Ms. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir – UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia

6. Ms. Salma Nims – Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Followed by Q&A

12:30 – 13:45

Lunch

Venue: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel – Filini Restaurant

13:45 – 15:15

Thematic Session II – Joining forces to end violence against women and girls in public and private domains

Questions to be addressed: Violence against women and girls – opportunities and challenges for the ENP region; Combating discriminatory practice of early marriages; Role of men and boys in the process of ending the violence against women; Importance of awareness raising and education

Format: Moderated discussion

Moderator: Prof. Dr . Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides – Jean Monnet Chair (2001), University of Cyprus, Republic of Cyprus

Panelists (5 minutes)

 

1. Ms. Sofo Japaridze – Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues

2. Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili – Public Defender of Georgia

3. H.E. Dubravka Šimonovic – United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequencess

4. Mr. Heimo Laakkonen – Director of the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

5. Ms. Ana Birchall – Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania

6. Ms. Tatiana Moura – Executive Director, Promundo

Followed by Q&A

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee Break

 

Exhibition “Gender in the Georgian Armed Forces” presented by Ms. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia

The Exhibition depicts the growing role of women in the armed forces of Georgia and exemplifies the fact that gender equality is one of the priorities in the process of Security Sector Reform towards Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Integration

15:45 – 17:15

Thematic Session III – Women as agents of positive change in peace and security efforts

Questions to be addressed: Women’s participation in peace and reconciliation processes; Impact of conflicts and displacement on women and girls; Mainstreaming gender into security sector reform

Format: Moderated discussion

Moderator: Ms. Jelena Milić – Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Republic of Serbia

Panelists (5 minutes)

 

1. Ms. Tinatin Khidasheli – Minister of Defence of Georgia

2. Ms. Nataliia Galibarenko – First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

3. Ms. Marriët Schuurman – NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

4. Ms. Elisso Bolkvadze – UNESCO Artist for Peace

5. Ms. Lena Ag – Secretary General, Kvinna till Kvinna, Kingdom of Sweden

6. Ms. Nevena Miteva – President, Bulgarian Armed Forces Women Association, Republic of Bulgaria

Followed by Q&A

17:15 – 17:30

Coffee Break

17: 30 – 18:15

Endorsement of the Tbilisi Declaration and Closing Remarks

 

1. Ms. Katarina Mathernova – Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR, European Commission

2. Ms. Elene Rusetskaia – Head of Women’s Information Center (WIC)

3. Ms. Dalia Leinartė – Vice-Chairperson, UN CEDAW Committee

4. H.E. Tamar Beruchashvili – Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

19:15

Departure from the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel by buses

20:00

Reception

The working languages of the Conference are Georgian and English

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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