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International High-Level Conference Organized by the Government of Georgia in Cooperation with the EU and UN “Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region” program

International High-Level Conference
Organized by the Government of Georgia in Cooperation with the EU and UN
“Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities
in the European Neighbourhood Policy Region”
9-10 November 2015
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel
Tbilisi, Georgia

9 November Arrival of Participants
18:30 Departure from the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel by buses to the Administration of the President of Georgia
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception hosted by President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili Exhibition “50 Women from Georgia”
  The exhibition presents a selection of images and biographies of distinguished women - painters, artists, writers and public figures, who redefined women’s roles in the 19th and the 20th century Georgian society. Through their efforts, Georgian women obtained voting rights, were elected in the Founding Congress of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921), studied in European Universities and actively promoted equal rights for women. Biographical information and photos are collected by the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation from various museums, families and state archives

Departure for the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel by buses

10 November Venue: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel – Iveria Ballroom
09:00 – 09:45 Registration, coffee/tea
10:00 – 10:30 Opening of the Conference
Welcome Remarks:
  H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili – Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Opening Addresses:
  1. H.E. Irakli Garibashvili – Prime Minister of Georgia
2. H.E. Federica Mogherini – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission
3. Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu – UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
  Exhibition “Women Members of Constituent Assembly 1919-21” presented by Ms. Thea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia
The Exhibition honours the first women in politics in modern Georgia and highlights the election of the Constituent Assembly in 1919, which was unique in that every citizen of Georgia, despite their gender, was able to participate. This Exhibition is jointly organized by the Women’s Information Center (WIC) and the National Archives of Georgia
11:00-12:30 Thematic Session I – Women's political and economic empowerment cornerstones for the achievement of gender equality
 Questions to be addressed:Women's participation in decision making processes – learning from the experiences of role models; Political quotas for women – best examples and lessons learned; Institutional mechanisms for gender equality and women’s empowerment – achievements and challenges; Gender gaps in women’s paid work; Generating decent employment opportunities for women; Impacts of family friendly policies on women’s employment
Format: Moderated discussion
Moderator: Ms. Žaneta Ozoliņa – Professor of the University of Latvia
Panelists (5 minutes)
  1. Ms. Thea Tsulukiani – Minister of Justice of Georgia
2. H.E. Marina Kaljurand – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
3. Ms. Jaroslava Jermanová – First Vice-Speaker, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
4. Ms. Hafida Benchehida – Senator of the Algerian Parliament, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
5. Ms. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir – UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
6. Ms. Salma Nims – Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Followed by Q&A
12:30 – 13:45

Venue: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel – Filini Restaurant

 13:45 – 15:15 Thematic Session II – Joining forces to end violence against women and girls in public and private domains
Questions to be addressed: Violence against women and girls – opportunities and challenges for the ENP region; Combating discriminatory practice of early marriages; Role of men and boys in the process of ending the violence against women; Importance of awareness raising and education
Format: Moderated discussion
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides – Jean Monnet Chair (2001), University of Cyprus, Republic of Cyprus
Panelists (5 minutes)
  1. Ms. Sofo Japaridze – Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues
2. Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili – Public Defender of Georgia
3. H.E. Dubravka Šimonovic – United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequencess
4. Mr. Heimo Laakkonen – Director of the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
5. Ms. Ana Birchall – Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania
6. Ms. Vered Pear Swid – Branch Head of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women, State of Israel
7. Ms. Tatiana Moura – Executive Director, Promundo
Followed by Q&A
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break

Exhibition “Gender in the Georgian Armed Forces” presented by Ms. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia
The Exhibition depicts the growing role of women in the armed forces of Georgia and exemplifies the fact that gender equality is one of the priorities in the process of Security Sector Reform towards Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Integration.

15:45 – 17:15 Thematic Session III – Women as agents of positive change in peace and security efforts
 Questions to be addressed: Women’s participation in peace and reconciliation processes; Impact of conflicts and displacement on women and girls; Mainstreaming gender into security sector reform
 Format: Moderated discussion
 Moderator: Ms. Jelena Milić – Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Republic of Serbia
Panelists (5 minutes)

1. Ms. Tinatin Khidasheli – Minister of Defence of Georgia
2. Ms. Nataliia Galibarenko – First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
3. Ms. Marriët Schuurman – NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
4. Ms. Elisso Bolkvadze – UNESCO Artist for Peace
5. Ms. Lena Ag – Secretary General, Kvinna till Kvinna, Kingdom of Sweden
6. Ms. Nevena Miteva – President, Bulgarian Armed Forces Women Association, Republic of Bulgaria

Followed by Q&A
17:15 – 17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:15 Endorsement of the Tbilisi Declaration and Closing Remarks
  1. Ms. Katarina Mathernova – Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR, European Commission
2. Ms. Elene Rusetskaia – Head of Women’s Information Center (WIC)
3. Ms. Dalia Leinartė – Vice-Chairperson, UN CEDAW Committee
4. H.E. Tamar Beruchashvili – Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
19:15 Departure from the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel by buses
20:00 Reception
Venue: tbc
The working languages of the Conference are Georgian and English