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‘Spiritualized’ Gender Order and Quest for EU in Georgia

(Working Paper)

Mariam Amashukeli, July 2016

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During the last 10-15 years the great effort was made by Georgian civil society and international organizations that have led to a number of legislative reforms addressing gender equality issues in our country (e.g., the Law against Domestic Violence adopted in 2006, Gender Equality Law passed in 2010, amendments made to the Criminal Code of Georgia in 2012 in order to criminalize domestic violence, etc.). In addition, the work of local and international communities is noteworthy with regard to raising awareness of gender issues through educational activities (Rusetsky, H. et al 2007; Zhghenti, N., et al. 2013). Despite Georgia's high gender equality performance on the normative (legislative) level, gender stereotypes and gendered attitudes still prevail in the population(Chitashvili et. al, 2010; Japaridze et. al, 2014).