A Discussion Was Held on the Topic of Violence Against Women and Homophobic Hatred in the Parliament

At the plenary session of the parliament, members of Parliament – Khatuna Samnidze, Mikheil Sarjveladze and Beka Liluashvili spoke about cases of violence against women and called on the government to take effective measures.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Mikheil Sarjveladze, in his speech also commented on the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia on May 17 and noted: “This day should remind every member of our society that one cannot hate people and express this hatred toward people who are simply different from them. It is all the more unacceptable to have to prove the existence of these people’s rights and talk about the need to protect them from vandalism.”

Sarjveladze also mentioned the murder of the woman on public transport on May 21 and the case of a woman injured at a bus stop on May 23 and noted: “Such horrendous and mortifying facts should make us think about what we could have done and didn’t do to avoid such facts… We should work tenfold to end femicide and violence toward women in our country, where this problem has already been deeply rooted.”

Khatuna Samnidze, a member of the United National Movement, noted that the war, to which the Georgian Dream does not pay attention, has claimed the lives of two women in recent days.

“The country does not have a human rights action plan. According to recent statistics, the number of restraining orders has been reduced and the court is canceling the issued orders. All this is reflected in the fact that the country has seen the worst tragedy. Violence against women is a constant, endless war of this country. Instead of the Georgian Dream, the government, politicians taking special measures, at least making a statement, the government is busy with its propaganda – making it seem as if everything is the opposition’s fault in this country. I would like to remind the Georgian Dream once again that this is a long-lasting war, women are dying in this country. You should have a position on femicide and there should be special measures, awareness programs, a human rights action plan.” – says Khatuna Samnidze.

Beka Liluashvili, a member of the majority, also commented on the violence against women, talking about the difficult situation of women’s safety during the pandemic and calling on the authorities to use all political platforms and support to reduce violence against women.

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