Public Defender's Office to Monitor Cases of Femicide
The Public Defender of Georgia, Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili, held a press conference together with Ms. Erika Kvapilova, Representative of UN Women in Georgia, in which he announced that his office will assume responsibility for monitoring gender-based killings of women in Georgia.
According to the Public Defender, 21 cases of femicide were reported in 2016, and a few days ago, a man stabbed his wife, who died of 8 wounds to her breast. This was not the first case of femicide in 2017. The Public Defender further commented that despite the seriousness of the problem, the State has yet to develop an approach to prevent the recurrence of this type of violence, nor has it conducted an evaluation of the risks. The situation is further complicated by a lack of statistical data or analysis of femicide cases to inform a preventative approach.
“Bearing in mind the seriousness of the problem of femicide and its negative impacts on equality and human rights in the country, I declare that the Public Defender’s Office will be the institution that, within its mandate granted by law, will monitor the gender-related killings and attempted killings of women, as well as each case that pushes a woman towards suicide,” said Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili.
“Monitoring of cases of femicide is an important mechanism to improve prevention of gender-based killings. Femicide data and analysis also contribute to achieving targets under Georgia’s nationalized SDG 5”, said Ms. Kvapilova, Representative of UN Women in Georgia. She congratulated the Public Defender’s Office - the second Ombudsman’s office in the world, the first being Argentina, to undertake the responsibility for monitoring femicide cases.
Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili expressed hopes that the State and non-governmental organizations will closely cooperate with the Public Defender’s Office in the monitoring process.