Gender Democracy

Gender Democracy

The long-term advocacy strategy/declaration to combat homo/bi/transphobia aims to support the elimination of discrimination against LGBTI persons in Georgia via a complex approach. We call on organisations that share the issues outlined in the strategy/declaration to join and confirm their support.


2012 was a special year in terms of publicity of LGBT community and LGBT movement in all three South Caucasian countries. Several important steps have been made towards raising acute issues about sexual identity, differences/diversity and social constructs in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Public Debates on Gender and Minority Rights


Dr. Angela Steidele's lecture about Anne Lister, lesbian author and traveller from Great Britain, who died in Georgia.

All Debates on Gender and Minority Rights

Projects and Events


(ongoing project) Project aims to start the feminist discussion about the controversial aspects of motherhood as an experience and as an institution. Also, it aims to critically rethink the concept from the perspective of mothers and feminists.

(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.

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.

On March 2-4, 2016, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted the 5th International Gender Workshop Women in the Public Spaces: when Personal Becomes Political.

(closed project) Women’s Resource Center Armenia prepared feminist lecture series by financial support of Heinrich Boell Foundation. Lectures were held in 2015-2016 in Yerevan.

(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. 

(closed project) Women's Fund in Georgia with financial support of the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation launched a radioprogramme FeminStream.

(closed project) Nongovernmental organization Women for Regional Development with financial support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation implements a project "We talk and act against gender based violence".

(closed project) Breaking stereotypes, linking and humanizing the lives of people considered being “enemies” – this is the main reason why a group of young women from Armenia and Turkey have united.

(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.

International Gender Workshop “Overcoming Gender Backlash: Experiences of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Poland” was organized and hosted by Heinrich Boell Foundation office in Kyiv in October 2013.

Presented material is a collection of works on gender issues prepared by scholars of the South Caucasus Regional Office the Heinrich Boell Foundation's Scholarship Program. The presented studies belong to the young scientists involved in the social sciences in the South Caucasus region, who were at different times the scholars of the Foundation.

With the support of the South Caucasus Regional Office of the HBF three activists from Georgia and Armenia: Eka Aghdgomelashvili, Nino Gamisonia and Elvira Meliksetyan participated in the International Conference - “Feminism. Assemblage Point” organized on 5-7 March, 2013 in Kiev by feminist organization Ofenziva supported by the HBF Ukraine Office.

On November 26-27, 2012 the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF), in cooperation with HBF offices of Poland, Russia and Ukraine, hosted an International Workshop to discuss the various issues concerning gender diversity and to look closer at the manifold angles of gender.

The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a round table entitled “LBT Rights are Women’s Rights” on 12 March 2012. The round table was a part of the Week of 8th March Campaign organized by “Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group”. The photo exhibition “A Room of One’s Own” was also part of the event, where participants could view professional and amateur photographers’ works.

In order to support the democratic development of Georgia, the HBF South Caucasus regional office with support of the EC initiated a project in 2007 which sought to contribute to the success of the elections in 2008 by providing much needed knowledge of and confidence in democratic structures and procedures among the Georgian electorate. The project sought to reach out to the most vulnerable groups of women, ethnic minorities and internally displaced persons (IDPs).


Gender democracy is one of the basic principles of Heinrich Boell Foundation. The concept postulates equal rights, opportunities and access to resourses for all members of society. Development of events in the region demonstrates that human rights, especially minority rights, are not guaranteed in the countries. Accordingly, HBF actively supports projects which promote gender democracy. Our gender component covers educational programs, discussions, gender researches and other public activity, which contribute to democratization of the region.

For more materials on Feminism and Gender Democracy, please, visit our Feminism web-site.


Publication "Fight for the Public Space: When Private is Political" presents a collection of articles prepared in the frameworks of the International Gender Workshop, organized in March 2016 in Tbilisi.

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.

Women in Georgia - Re-learning Gender Equality