The special program was led by Tiina Ilsen, Gender Advisor, Gender Unit, ODIHR/OSCE.
article for the information bulletin of Coalition she
states, 'We change community from the inside, for only equal opportunities make it truly democratic.We work at the high-grade change of the society, which we live in. For only community, which provide equal opportunities for men and women can be regarded as democratic'.
The International Conference 'Increasing Women's Participation in Democratic Processes', which coincided with the coalition's 5-year jubilee, summed up the coalition's history as well as the dynamic of the Georgian women's movement on the whole - its tendencies, achievements and failures.The two-day forum gathered members of the Coalition, representatives of the governmental and non-governmental sectors, leaders of public associations and litical parties, representatives of international organizations and foreign guests. Ilsen opened the conference together with Tamar Beruchashvili, Deputy Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Chair of the Government Commission for Gender Equality; and Neli Javakhishvili, a member of the Women's NGO Coalition of Georgia, NGO Georgian Foundation.
According to Ilsen
, 'True democracy can exist only in a society where representatives from all spheres of life take responsibility.This has become one of the key themes for cooperation between OSCE and Georgia in gender equality.Considering women's interests and demands on all levels of decision-making, defence of women's rights and gender equality shall become the social norm, because an undivided element of democratic structure is gender equality and rights'.Active cooperation among participants, speakers and guests, representatives of the governmental and public sectors made the Conference an overall success and defin he
path for effective future development of democratic processes in gender issues.