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This joint statement is issued by the United Nations system in Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the Embassies to Georgia of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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Manana Jincharadze, 59, is a consultant of a programme for the School Principals at the Teacher Professional Development Center of Georgia.
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Vivia Gurgenishvili, 30, is an entrepreneur and mother of three from Veliskikhe, a village in Eastern Georgia. Currently living in the capital, Tbilisi, Gurgenishvili is the founder of Dino, a small company that produces eco-friendly wooden furniture and toys from clean and certified raw materials with a focus on child development.
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Ani Chkoidze, 32, is one of the founders of the Zero Effect store. Zero Effect is a zero-waste space where people can buy eco-friendly products, including items made by women entrepreneurs, and get useful information on environmental issues.
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Nino Enukidze, the rector of Business and Technology University, is 35 years old. With her direct participation, the university became a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2019, and to support the involvement of girls in technology, she launched the initiative “Coding School for Women”. With its support, more than 2,500 girls have been trained in technological professions, with 75 per cent of them employed in the industry.
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It has been 10 years since Tamar Ioseliani started working in the maritime industry - a sector globally dominated by men. With this experience, she not only defies gender stereotypes but also actively promotes the participation of women in the industry.
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Major Zoia Kurtanidze, 34, has been serving in the Georgian Defence Forces since 2007. Currently, she is a career manager at the Military Personnel Management Centre of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and a gender advisor to the Gender Equality Monitoring Group.
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Tamar Macharashvili, the head of the organization “Women and Reality”, has been promoting the rights of women and girls with disabilities (WGwD) for more than 20 years. Throughout her work, Tamar strives to ensure that the voices of WGwD are heard loud and clearly.
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Nino Berikashvili, the head of the Conflict Resolution Policy Division, Political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, is a member of the Georgian delegation to the Geneva International Discussions (GID) and is engaged in the humanitarian working group.
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Keti Tsilosani lives in Lanchkhuti in the western region of Guria. She is a community worker with the social mobilization organization Taso Foundation and is an active participant of the UN Women project “A Joint Action for Women’s Empowerment in Georgia”.
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The journalist of radio liberty, Nastasia Arabuli works closely with UN Women in Georgia as she actively covers women’s issues. Nastasia was taking part in various UN Women projects - interactive exhibition “Interior of Violence” and Editathon, an initiative devoted to the future Georgian women editors of Wikipedia.
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Lili Pulariani, specialist and lecturer on digital communications, joined a UN Women training initiative as a mentor in 2019. She retrained instructors who then taught social media marketing and web programming to women entrepreneurs.
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Ketevan Chumbadze, Deputy Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (MFA), is a member of the Georgian delegation to the Geneva International Discussions (GID) and is engaged in the security working group.
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The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
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Khatia Ghoghoberidze is a journalist contributing to the Georgian online media platform Tabula. Her articles often deal with the challenges women face in everyday life, including gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and violence. Other than being relevant, Khatia’s materials adhere to high standards and ethical norms of reporting.
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Inspired by programming for the past eight years, 17-year-old Mariam Lomtadze is the founder of Looper and tech start-ups Hero and FarmApp. Mariam participated in a hackathon to find innovative ways to visualise gender data.
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Giga Chikadze, professional MMA fighter and winner of the World and European championship titles, has been involved in the UN Women campaign Sportsmen Unite to End Violence against Women in Georgia for years.
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Iza Bekauri, Head of the Kakheti Regional Development Foundation (KRDF) lives in the Pankisi Gorge, Akhmeta District. She has been engaged in activism for years.
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Maya Makhatadze is the general manager of Cron Palace Tbilisi. She has 15 years of diverse experience working in the hotel industry. Currently Ms. Makhatadze is one of the members of the Business Leaders’ Federation “Women for Tomorrow”.
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Ketevan Khidasheli serves as chairperson on the board of the non-governmental organization Women for Regional Development, which provides support to survivors of domestic violence, and has been a women’s rights advocate for more than 10 years.