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Rebecca Harms’ visit to Georgia

On July 12-16, 2017, Ms Rebecca Harms, member of the European Parliament, visited Georgia. Ms Harms participated in the conference “European Way of Georgia” held in Batumi, and also held meetings with representatives of the civil society organizations, media and political parties in Tbilisi.

War and Peace: Armenian Elections 2017

On April 2, 2017 Parliamentary elections took place in Armenia. These were the first national elections after the Constitutional Referendum of 2015 which transformed the country from a Presidential into a Parliamentary Republic. An analysis.

FeminStream (2017)

(ongoing project) Women's Fund in Georgia in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation created a project FeminStream. In 2017 FeminStream presents Feminist Audio Podcats.

Comprehensive Strategy to Combat Homo/Bi/Transphobia Presented in Yerevan

On December 2, 2016, the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office, together with its partners, the NGO Public Information and Need of Knowledge (PINK) and Society Without Violence (SWV) organized a presentation of a comprehensive LGBTI rights strategy document, titled “Realising the Human Rights of LGBTI People in Armenia”.

In Armenian

Civic Charter

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world, even in supposedly democratic countries above reproach. Especially activists and organisations who advocate for democracy, human rights, and social and environmental justice are under pressure.

Armenia, Georgia and BiH Exchange Lessons Learned in Advancing LGBTI Rights

On November 7-11, 2016, the project staff of the cross-border EU-funded initiative Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia visited Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to participate in a capacity building study tour aimed to transfer the experience of a similar EU-funded action Coming out! - Advocating promotion and protection of LGBT rights, implemented by the Heinrich Boell Foundation Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with the Sarajevo Open Center and CURE Foundation.

Die Türkei driftet ab - und Europa schaut zu

Ralf Fücks schildert in seinem Reisebericht Eindrücke über die aktuelle politische Situation in der Türkei. Es ist ein Zeugnis der erschütternden Lage eines Landes, das den Weg zu einer Demokratie verlassen hat. 

By Ralf Fücks

Parliamentary Elections in Georgia

A few days ago, the Georgian population elected a portion of the 9th parliament since the country’s independence. In more than 50 single-member districts a second round of elections is scheduled.

By Levan Lortkipanidze

Read politics

Project "Read politics" is initiated by two women and aims at aims at raising awareness and promoting the culture of reading, or simply to say political reading isn't only getting familiar with the political document but it is a political analysis and critics of the text.

Greening the Baltic Pride

Baltic Pride week, whose principal slogan was "We Are People, Not Propaganda!", lasted from June 13 to 23 with the Pride March taking place on June 18 and a number of associated events conducted throughout principally organized by the Lithuanian National LGBT* Rights Organization (LGL).

By Ana Nemsitsveridze-Daniels

June 13: Lessons Learned

On June 16, 2016, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted public debate "June13: Lessons Learned".

Europe, Let’s Speak Out for LGBTI Rights in South Caucasus

LGBTI individuals and LGBTI human rights defenders in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia are facing huge challenges as LGBTI rights issues are currently shaped by EU, Russia, and South Caucasus geopolitical and economic interests. Could the European Neighbourhood Policy and other EU foreign policy initiatives contribute to the improvement of the LGBTI rights situation in the region?

By Carlotta Weber

Green Academy 2015. Citizens for Green Transformation.

On August 2-8, 2015 the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted 55 people from Georgia, Armenia, Germany, Croatia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey and Russia in Tskhaltubo town (Georgia) in the frameworks of its newly initiated Green Academy.

International Gender Workshops (2012-2015)

(ongoing project) International Gender Workshop series is cooperation between different offices of Heinrich Boell Foundation and brings together gender program coordinators from respective offices and partner experts. 

Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia (2015-2017)

(ongoing project) The Heinrich Böll Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office, with financial support of the EU, has initiated the implementation and overall supervision of a three-year action Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia, executed by a working group of NGOs - Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) in Georgia and Society Without Violence (SWV) and Public Information and Need of Knowledge (PINK) in Armenia.

WISG - Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia (2015-2017)

Within the framework of the EU-funded action Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia, WISG is tasked with managing the components of the societal attitudes study in Georgia, designing the training manual and conducting CSO capacity building trainings; managing the small grants component as a follow-up to the trainings, and implementing the micro grants component to enhancing the visibility of the action and its results.

PINK - Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia (2015-2017)

(ongoing project) Within the framework of the EU-funded project Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia, PINK Armenia is tasked with managing components of the societal attitudes study in Armenia, conducting capacity development trainings for LGBTI organizations/activists, and managing the small grants component to follow up on CSO capacity building in Armenia.

Society Without Violence - Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia (2015-2017)

(ongoing project) Within the frames of the EU-funded action Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia, SWV will manage components of the situational assessment of LGBTI conditions in Armenia, conduct capacity building/sensitization of journalists in Armenia, implement CSO capacity building trainings, and manage the micro grants component in Armenia to enhance the visibility of the action.

EMC - Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia (2015-2017)

(ongoing project) Within the frames of the EU-funded project Solidarity Network for LGBTI in Armenia and Georgia, EMC will manage components of the situational assessment on LGBTI people’s conditions in Georgia, conduct capacity development trainings for LGBTI organizations/activists, as well as capacity building trainings for law-enforcement agencies, and meetings with relevant law-enforcement officials, in Georgia.

Lectures in Gori: the “Unknown” Soviet Past (2015)

(closed project) A non-governmental organization Cooperation for Peace and Progress (CPP) in partnership with the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation implemented a project Lectures in Gori: the “Unknown” Soviet Past.

Rethinking Stalinist History through the publication of Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2014)

(closed project) The goal of the project implemented in June-October, 2014 was to publish the Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy D. Snyder in Georgian. The given book which was awarded a 2013 Hannah Arendt prize is a highly original treatment of the atrocities Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia committed in the territory between them — what are now the modern Baltic countries, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and a portion of Russia.

Exhibition "Supra of Her Own" (2014)

(closed project) Installation based on the interviews with victims of domestic violence. The aim of exhibition is to re-interpret gender-based violence in order to make it subject of research and public discussion.

Cinema Express: Armenia – Georgia (2014)

(closed project) Goal of the project implemented in June-November, 2014 was to employ culture (and especially the cinema culture) as an effective medium for intercultural dialogue, conflict resolution, transformation, reconciliation and promotion of social justness and socio-cultural participation in Armenia and Georgia.

XX century Georgia in twenty snapshots (2014)

(closed project) In April, 2014 Soviet Past Research Laboratory (SovLab) with financial support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office has started implementation of the project "XX century Georgia in twenty snapshots"

Designing Democratic Public Space in Yerevan (2014)

(closed project) On February 2014 the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (Yerevan, Armenia) with financial support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office started implemetation of the project "Designing Democratic Public Space in Yerevan".

Stalin’s lists from Georgia (2011-2013)

(closed project) In 2011-13 Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in cooperation with International Society “Memorial” (Russian Federation) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia with financial support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia and Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office implemented a project "Stalin's lists from Georgia." The group of researchers was searching and analyzing information about the 1937-38 “Great Terror” victims for more than 2 years.

Quo vadis Armenia: North or West?

In a year which has seen positive developments for Armenia last week the government of Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan returned to its long tradition of blundering.

By Nino Lejava, Konstanty Kuzma

Dossier: Die Situation der LGBTI-Community im Südkaukasus

Das Jahr 2012 war ein besonderes Jahr für die LGBTI-Community und für den öffentlichen Auftritt der LGBTI-Bewegung in allen drei Ländern des Südkaukasus. In Aserbaidschan, Armenien und Georgien wurden hinsichtlich tabuisierter Fragestellungen zur Identität und zur sexuellen Vielfältigkeit einige wichtige Schritte getan.

Roundtable Discussion on Civil Society Issues with the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves

A strong democracy requires a vibrant, active civil society, said Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, at the beginning of a roundtable discussion with representatives of Georgian civil society. He offered constructive criticism to the group, which met at the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, in talks co-organized by the Estonian Embassy in Georgia, on 5 July 2011.

By Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Books presentation

On April 15, 2011 the Heinrich Boell Foundation organized a presentation at the National Library of the Parliament of Georgia to mark the donation of a collection of publications and academic papers on Soviet history to the National Library.

What we want

In many countries around the world people are protesting against injustice, abuse of power, dire living conditions, and they are campaigning for higher standards. In the process new forms of citizens’ participation in political and administrative processes are evolving. We support all attempts to achieve greater democratisation and participation.