The members of the Permanent Parliamentary Gender Equality Council held a meeting with the representatives of the US Embassy to discuss the laws pertaining to domestic violence, violence against women, and the protection and assistance of victims of violence, the implementation of which presents some challenges for providing expertise to women victims of violence.
The parties talked about implementing legislative changes in this direction.
“Our collaboration with the US Embassy in support of gender equality is consistently productive and beneficial. The same is true of this meeting, where the legislation on violence against women was the main topic of discussion. Women who have been the victims of violence often experience discomfort and trauma when receiving expert care because there are frequently not enough female experts, particularly in rural areas. We can say that there are very good models of appropriate quality and timely delivery of such expertise, which work well in the United States of America and a number of European countries, and we want to introduce them in our case as well. This is based on the meeting we have already had with the Samkharauli National Bureau and the information provided today by the representatives of the US Embassy. We discussed the legislative adjustments that ought to be made in this direction. The subject is really significant. Therefore, the embassy stated its willingness to secure the participation of specialists at both the local and international levels within the scope of this project, which would ultimately result in positive and significant changes and results,” Nino Tsilosani, Chair of the Council, stated.
Mikheil Sarjveladze, member of the Council, Chairman of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee participated in the meeting.
From the side of the US Embassy, the following participated in the meeting: Director of the US Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Georgia, Sarah Rupert, INL’s strategic advisor in the field of law enforcement, Eric Siweck, INL’s law enforcement program coordinator, Nino Mardaleishvili.