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WISG's CEDAW shadow report: LBT women in Georgia (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 25/04/2012 tagged with gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation +0
Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) published CEDAW shadow report: LBT Women in Georgia.

Violence against women is closely linked to socially constructed views on masculinity and famininity. Patriarcal opinions on gender and gender norms put a strong distinction between the two and facilitate unequal distribution of power based sex/gender-related considerations.

In a society where gender asymmetry is sharp, even a slight deviation from established gender norms can turn into a reason for violence and discrimination. In such societies LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) women usually constitute one of the most vulnerable groups; They are discriminated based on both - thier sex and their sexual orientation/ gender identity.

Despite some recent LGBT- related groundbreaking developments in the field of human rights, in Georgia LGBT still remains one of the most “invisible” groups. As a result, violence against LGBT people also remains “invisible” and goes unreported to human rights organizations, state institutions, as well as the wider public.

In Georgia LBT rights are not seen as a part of women’s rights in general; LBT issues are practically eliminated from the agenda of women’s rights organizations. This, in addition to the high level of homophobia, makes it particularly difficult to identify individual instances of discrimination and to measure the overall scope of the problem. For this reason we consider that fact that discussion and monitoring of LBT rights in Georgia starts in the context of women’s rights in general is very important.
The structure of the report is based on the methodology which has been devised by IGLHRC (International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision). Each chapter starts with a provision from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women or a CEDAW recommendation and a relevant provision from the Yogyakarta Principles.

The publication is available on WISG’s website; the file can be downloaded here:


About WISG
Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) is a non-governmental, non-profit-making organization working on women’s rights in Georgia. It was founded in 2000 and started to work on the issue of homophobia in 2002. Since 2003 WISG has been working on research and analysis of homophobic hate speech in Georgian media. From 2005 its women’s rights program has been focusing on LBT women’s empowerment in Georgia. Since 2010 the overall goal of WISG’s women rights programme is to support LBT women in having absolute right and a full accessibility to participate in all the areas of life through empowerment of the group, advocacy and increasing the level of tolerance towards LBT group in the society.

WISG is a member of international networks: AWID, ILGA-EUROPE and IGLYO.
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