On February 20, 2017 the Georgian Foundation for strategic and International Studies (Rondeli Foundation) organized a panel discussion “Women in Decision-Making Process – discussing Finnish Perspective and Challenges and Prospects in Georgia”.
The opening remarks were made by Ekaterine Metreveli, President of the Foundation.
The speakers included H.E. Arja Makkonen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Finland in Georgia, H.E. Anne Lammila, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and Gender Equality, Mariam Jashi, Member of the Gender Equality Council, Chair of the Education, Science and Culture Committee of the Parliament of Georgia. The discussion was moderated by Maka Meshveliani, the Gender Programme Manager, UNDP Georgia.
The Georgian speaker and the moderator discussed the challenges the society faces in the world with the increasingly shrinking space for human rights and particularly women’s rights, it’s implications on Georgian context, the current challenges and opportunities.
H.E. Arja Makkonen made a brief overview of the Finnish experience from the very beginning of independence until now, as well as on the value and importance of gender equality, the role of women in politics, economics, society etc. H.E. Anne Lammila, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and Gender Equality made a presentation on the gender equality in Finland and shared the experience on how Finland has built the equal society.
The discussion was attended by the representatives of civil society, governmental organizations, embassies and students. The presentation was followed an ardent discussion between the speakers and the audience.
Watch the video about the panel discussion.