President Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Sunday highlighted the most pressing problems Georgia faces in terms of discrimination, as he observed United Nation’s Zero Discrimination Day.

He drew particular attention to violence against women and homophobia, both issues which have been vigorously debated in Georgia the last year against the backdrop of several disturbing incidents.

‘It is sad that even in the 21 century people stigmatized on various grounds still suffer from persecution and harassment in many countries,’ Margvelashvili wrote in a statement published on Sunday.

“In recent years, violence against women in our country, conflicts on religious grounds, individual cases of homophobia and other dramatic events have shown that our society is not completely free of this disease,” the statement says.

“We have to recognize the dangerous trends early on and oppose discrimination and any form of deprivation of liberty.”

Although the biggest burden in this regard rests on authorities, every single member of society should make such efforts, he emphasized.