violence against women

Republican Party presents legislation to combat violence against women

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In the former Soviet republic Georgia, the Republican Party has proposed legislation that will make femicide a separate crime – a gender-based hate crime which is causing alarm in the country. The Republicans, a party formed by Soviet dissenters in the 1970s, […]

75% of murdered women were stalked for a year: Report

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–75% of women who are murdered in Georgia were stalked by the murderer for 12 months prior to their death, according to a new report. This shocking statistic appears in a new report by the feminist group Safari, which urges the government to use its new […]

Woman shot and killed by ex-husband

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A woman died in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region on Friday after being shot in the head by her ex-husband. The incident happened as the man visited the victim’s house, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) said on Saturday. During an argument […]

Convention to combat violence against women still not ratified after two years

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In 2014, Georgia signed an international convention to end violence against women and impunity of perpetrators, but two years later the country has still not ratified it. After Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani had signed the Istanbul Convention on […]

13 women killed in family violence so far in 2016

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–New grim figures from Georgia’s ombudsman show that 13 women have been killed in family violence during the first ten months of 2016. In some cases, the police were alerted in advance, but did not intervene. Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili spoke Friday about […]

Women in Tbilisi say: We won’t give away the night

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Women carried dresses and skirts as flags through central Tbilisi on Friday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The march was organized by Movement of Women and began from Pushkin Square in the center toward the police station. […]

29-year-old man arrested for beating his 15-year-old wife

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 29-year-old man was arrested a few days ago in Georgia for beating his 15-year-old wife. The young victim’s mother says her underage daughter has broken teeth, broken ribs and a broken nose after suffering systematic abuse at the hands of her husband. […]

Policeman’s wife shot in the head, case investigated as suicide attempt

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: |

Kutaisi central hospital. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A policeman’s wife is in hospital in Kutaisi, fighting for her life after being shot in the head with her husband’s gun Thursday evening. Authorities are investigating the case as a suicide attempt. Early media reports indicated that the policeman […]

Femicide bill rejected by Georgian parliament’s human rights committee

By | June 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Tamar Kordzaia (pictured) and Tamar Khidasheli proposed the femicide bill. (Photo published by Georgian Dream.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The human rights committee in parliament on Monday rejected a proposal by two MPs from the majority faction to make femicide a crime. It would have taken seven votes for the committee to approve the draft. Only three voted for it; […]

Woman hotel worker murdered in Tbilisi

By | June 7th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A woman was shot outside a hotel in Isani on the outskirts of Tbilisi on Monday. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries but later died at the hospital. The woman was working in the kitchen […]

MPs propose making femicide a separate crime

By | May 4th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Tamar Khidasheli. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two MPs from the parliamentary majority have proposed adding to the Criminal Code a separate offense called femicide, which is the premeditated murder of a woman on the basis of her gender. The bill sets punishment […]

Man arrested in Tbilisi for slitting wife’s throat

By | April 15th, 2016|Categories: News, Society|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man was arrested a Tbilisi suburb Wednesday, suspected of slitting his wife’s throat with a knife. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an investigation has been launched under article 108 of the Criminal Code about premeditated murder. […]

Ombudsman highlights remaining challenges on Women’s Day

By | March 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Ucha Nanuashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–On the International Women’s Day, Georgia’s Public Defender highlighted problems related to protection of women’s labor rights, supporting women’s participation in decision-making and elimination of violence against women. Ucha Nanuashvili […]

Activists demand investigation into woman’s tragic death

By | September 20th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Demonstrators Friday called for a proper investigation into an Azerbaijani woman’s suicide last year. The demonstrators outside the Prosecutor’s Office were raising awareness about the case of Khanum Jeiranova (30), an ethnic Azeri […]

Public Defender criticizes TV exposé about virginity

By | July 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Public Defender has criticized a TV report concerning a family conflict which for openly reporting about the personal life of a young couple. The report was aired Sunday on Imedi TV and describes a newlywed couple living in the northwest […]

Exposé about young bride’s virginity causes outrage in Georgia

By | July 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The question of whether a bride must be a virgin has become a hotly debated topic in Georgia after a man beat his new young wife after the wedding. The report shown on Imedi TV on Sunday also revived a discussion of how journalist go about […]

Justice Ministry proposes bill for stronger protection of women

By | June 21st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Justice Ministry in Georgia has introduced a package of legislative amendments to prevent violence against women. The amendments apply to about 20 different sections of laws and will target illegal spying, communication by phone or by […]

27 year old woman killed by ‘jealous’ co-worker

By | March 20th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(ICK.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 36 year old man shot and killed a 27 year old woman and afterward took his own life in the village Bodbiskhevi in eastern Georgia, International Center of Kakheti (ICK) reports. The news service does not specify when the murder happened. […]

Every third woman in Georgia has experienced domestic abuse

By | March 19th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

From left to right: Inga Popovaite, Nana Chabukiani and Salome Chagelishvili. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Every third woman in Georgian has been victim of domestic abuse, but it is not socially accepted to discuss it outside the family. We sat down to talk about the problem with Salome Chagelishvili from Anti-Violence Network of Georgia (AVNG), an […]

Georgian president speaks out against discrimination

By | March 2nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

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 […]

Woman shot and run over with car by husband in Georgia

By | December 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 41-year old woman was killed by her husband in Kakheti on Sunday. According to local media, a 41 year old man first shot his wife and later ran her over with his car. She died instantly. Police detained the suspect at the crime scene. He is charged […]

Respect will not save women from violence

By | December 5th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Arguably the most influential person in Georgia, the Patriarch Ilia II, does not agree that a woman should be equal to a man in  a family. Instead “she must be respected by her husband. She [a wife] has been always holding high authority in Georgia, and so it shall […]

Campaign launched in Georgia against domestic violence

By | November 26th, 2014|Categories: Society|Tags: |

“The state has a duty to protect women against violence.” (DF Watch photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There were demonstrations in 22 cities and towns all over Georgia on Tuesday to highlight the problem of violence against women. 24 women have been killed this year in Georgia, and there are many reports of family conflicts, when women […]

Prisoners’ handicraft exhibition dedicated to violence against women

By | November 8th, 2014|Categories: Society|Tags: , , |

(DF Watch photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Handicraft made by prisoners went on sale at an exhibition at Radisson Blu Iveria hotel in Tbilisi on Friday dedicated to the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. The works at the exhibition ‘Creation Work for Dignity’ were made by […]

First lady and ministers perform in ‘Women wounded to death’

By | October 29th, 2014|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , |

The president’s wife Maka Chichua performing Tuesday at Marjanishvili Theater. (Palitra.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s first lady and several government ministers took part in a theater performance on Tuesday dedicated to women who have been victims of violence. The title of the performance, held at Marjanishvili Theater, was ‘Women wounded to death’ […]

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women

By | October 27th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Sarah Delys is a criminologist working for Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre in Tbilisi. Two weeks ago the weekend news was dominated by cases of acts of violence against women. Especially the murder at Ilia State University on October 17 and the subsequent media reports of other cases of domestic violence over the course of two days spurred the debate. […]

Violence against women highlighted at demonstration in Tbilisi

By | October 21st, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Demonstrators gathered outside the government office on Tuesday to demand better protection of women after what they claim is 23 killings of women this year in incidents of domestic violence. It is not known who organized the demonstration, but it […]

String of violent incidents fuels crime debate in Georgia

By | October 19th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After a lecturer was murdered in the corridor of a Tbilisi university on Friday, there have been more reports of domestic violence across Georgia, leaving one woman dead and one man in a critical condition in a separate incident. In Tbilisi, a patrol police […]

Man shoots ex-wife, then kills himself at Tbilisi university

By | October 18th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A lecturer was shot dead by her former husband at Ilia State University (ISU) in Tbilisi on Friday. The murderer committed suicide on the spot. Maka Tsivtsivadze was holding an English lecture, when she was visited by her former husband. He called […]

A red ghost of virginity

By | October 10th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) “Inga, can I stay with you for a week? Something terrible happened.” This is a message I got from a  close friend earlier this week. Apparently, she went out with her friends and did not hear her brother calling. Then, in the middle of the night, her brother and her […]

Women used as percussion instruments on TV show

By | July 11th, 2014|Categories: News, Youth|Tags: , |

The TV show Bina 18 had a musical performance involving two women’s bottoms. TBILISI, DFWatch–A TV show on Thursday has stirred controversy for showing a man performing music by slapping his hands on the bottoms of two women. Human rights activists as well as the ombudsman say […]

Violence against women increasing in Georgia, group claims

By | May 26th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The group Identoba claims violence against women is on the rise in Georgia, and that legislation meant to protect women is ignored. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The rights group Identoba held a demonstration Saturday outside the government office to highlight the problem of violence against women. The organization, which is most known for having organized a gay rights rally in May 2013 which was attacked […]

Family tragedy highlights violence against women

By | May 23rd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A family tragedy has shocked Georgia and brought attention to the problem of violence against women. It appears that a Georgian man first killed his pregnant wife and then took his own life. The tragic incident unfolded in the village Ochkhamuri, […]