16 DAYS CONCLUDING CONFERENCE
by the Government of
‘VIOLENCE IN THE HOME
& VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY’
Institute of Physiology, 14 Gotua St.
10:15 – 17:30 on Tuesday 11th December 2001
Canadian Government is sponsoring the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS
concluding conference that is being held on Tuesday 11th
December in Tbilisi. The conference will be chaired by Tiemuraz
of the Public Defender of Georgia, and the theme is ‘Violence
in the Home, Violence in Society’.
of Public Defender of
Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights,
Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council on Human
Founder WomenAid International,
Deputy Minister of Health, Labor and Social Affairs,
President of the Chamber of Lawyers,
Deputy Head of Service on Human Rights Issues, National Security
Council of Georgia
of the National Police Academy
support is part of a grant given to WomenAid
International-Caucasus for the implementation of the first
coordination of the global campaign, ‘16 Days of
Activism Against Gender Violence’ in the Caucasus.
Members of the Caucasus 16 Days National Coordination
Committees in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia organised many
events, meetings and press articles and media programmes within
the region. Over
500 organisations worked together to create the large regional
calendar of events and activities promoting the elimination of
violence against women.
entire Caucasus 16 Days coordination required the voluntary
commitment from many representatives of NGOs and the media.
It is a tribute to their dedication that over 80 events
in Georgia alone were organised to take place within the ‘16
murder of 16 Canadian female students over ten years ago,
murdered because they were wanted to become engineers, triggered
the creation of two global campaigns;
Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and the White Ribbon
Campaign – a unique initiative founded by Canadian men
determined to end men’s violence against women.
Both these campaigns were introduced to Georgia last year
by WomenAid International and this year have been extended
through the South Caucasus.
Some of the most famous men in Georgia, (Duta, Dato
Evgenidze, Bakur Burduli, Kakhi Kavsadze, Rezo Gabriadze, Gia
Bugadze, Kote Kubaneishvili and members of the Georgian Rugby
Team, ‘Lelo’) have accepted WomenAid International’s
invitation to be Georgian White Ribbon Ambassadors and promote
elimination of violence against women.
Canadian Government is supporting this project because it
facilitates the active participation of civil society actors in
three countries in transition and it is hoped that the Canadian
support for the Caucasus 16 Days of Activism Against Gender
Violence 2001, the first regional coordination of the campaign
in the world, will greatly strengthen the emerging collaborative
network against gender violence in the Caucasus.
WomenAid International is a humanitarian aid and development agency which also campaigns for women’s rights. WomenAid has been working in the CIS region, Central Asia and the Caucasus since 1994 and its CIS regional office is based in Tbilisi, Georgia. For further information please visit the WomenAid International website at www.womenaid.org
Further details of activities
organized by NGO partners can be found on the specially created Caucasus
further information please contact:
17 Khvichia St. Tbilisi 380060 Georgia
Tel/Fax: (995 32) 37 92 70;
Mobiles: (995 99) 10 28 65; (995 77) 41 15 60; (995 77) 41 20 81
Prepared for Caucasus 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2001.
WomenAid International 2001 ©