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Men and woman are equal - also in elections
Men and woman are equal, also in elections. Photo: flickr/Inklaar

The Georgian Young Lawyers Association and the NGO Women for Future published a report in 2006 (Reality: Women's Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities in Georgia), which states:

'… gender equality and the struggle for women's rights is considered important only for political correctness in the context of Georgia's integration in the European structures.'

Georgia's parliament counts 100 members, of which 6 are women, making for 6% representation. According to the 2008 World Classification of Women in National Parliaments, compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Georgia is the country with the lowest representation of female parliamentarians in Europe, followed by Albania (7%), Turkey (9%) and Azerbaijan (11%).

As for the government, only 1 out of 17 ministry portfolios is held by a woman: Khatuna Kalmaxelidze, Minister for Penitentiary and Probation.

Education does not explain this phenomenon of low political representation: there is no gender imbalance in terms of access to education. According to the Department of Statistics, in 1989 there were 121,000 women holding a higher education degree, as compared to 133,000 men. In 2002, these figures changed, pushing the share of women enrolled in higher education up to 52%, as compared to 48% for men.

In addition, the difference between the total number of employed women and men is not stark

October 2008

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