The Gender Equality Council hosted the Exhibition: “Women in Politics – Experience of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921)” in Tbilisi Parliament dedicated to the International Women’s Day and the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
The First Vice Speaker, Chair of the GEC, Tamar Chugoshvili opened the exhibition and congratulated the attendees noting that this event is dedicated to the activities of the politically active women in 1918-1921.
“Today, we have the opportunity to obtain information about extremely interesting and unknown facts. Inasmuch as this year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, we decided to dedicate this event to the politically active women of the then period, is it Members of Parliament or women involved in various political processes and to receive more information about the legislative initiatives they had raised, the topics of their political activity and the ways of realization of their authority”.
She noted that 100 years ago very progressive processes were taking place in Georgia with the key role of women. “A century ago our legal arrangement was fairly considered as one of the progressive in Europe. Our ancestors spoke about equality and democratic values. A century ago, people in Georgia spoke about the independent Court, solid political institutions and equality in human rights term, freedom of religion and labor rights. These processes were indeed progressive, where women played the key role”.
According to her, the Center for the Democratic Republic of Georgia of TSU Library undertakes interesting activities in this direction.
The Rector of TSU, Giorgi Sharvashidze also addressed the attendees. “Today, we underline that the political culture, discussion culture of the then Georgia was indeed the model and many the progressive European politicians of that period noted that they did learn a lot in Georgia. It is one of the best angles of our 3-year, short biography of statehood when the standard was established, which was truly European and women’s participation in this process was unique, especially in the then Europe”.
After the speeches, the attendees heard the reports by the Researchers of TSU Library Center for the Democratic Republic of Georgia, Salome Chanturidze and Irakli Iremadze on “Women in Politics – Experience of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921)”.
The exhibition exposed the portraits of the then political women and activists, legislative initiatives, letters reflecting their activities, as well as the electoral bulleting of the then period, the party lists and the photos reflecting international cooperation.
The attendees were: representatives of Women Organizations, civil society, international donor organizations, MPs and Governmental Administration.