WiP: Female Representation in Georgia, September 23 – Ramaz Kutateladze

CRRC-Georgia, American Councils and ARISC present the 3rd talk of the Fall 2015 Works-in-Progress season:

“Female Political Representation in Georgia”
Ramaz Kutateladze, Yerevan State University and Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:30pm
EPF/CRRC-Georgia, Kavsadze St. 3, Tbilisi

This research paper offers a descriptive study of female MPs in Georgian Parliament with the aim of finding an optimal electoral solution for increasing the female representation in parliament while not upsetting the balance of democratic representation in the country. Through archival studies and scrutinizing the literature about elections, this research seeks an appropriate solution to improve the problems of female representation. Despite difficulties in finding sources, this research identifies the basic trends of female representation in Georgian parliaments of different eras, the records of activities of women in politics, and brings in examples of how other democratic countries successfully dealt with low numbers of women in their legislatures. Finally, the types of affirmative action that might successfully supersede the unsophisticated existing law to increase the amount of female MPs in the Georgian Parliament are elaborated.

Ramaz Kutateladze holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from an EU funded joint Masters Program of Yerevan State University and Kiev National University named for Taras Shevchenko. He will soon begin teaching seminars at Georgian Technical University on elections and democracy.

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the Eurasian Partnership Foundation at Kavsadze St. 3. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

Would you like to present at one of the W-i-P sessions? Send an e-mail to natia@crrccenters.org.