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HUMAN RIGHTS

Since 2012, “Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group” actively works on advocacy and improving the legal situation for LGBT people and their access to rights. WISG takes part in highly important working groups like groups working on anti-discrimination law project, national human rights strategy and the action plan. The organization has submitted shadow reports to CEDAW committee - LBT Women in Georgia CEDAW shadow report (2012) and Rights of LBT Women in Georgia Shadow Report for CEDAW (2014), Universal Periodic Review, the European Social Charter and the Council of Europe as well. To ensure the access to rights for LGBT people, organization also works on strategic litigation (locally, as well as on the level of the European Court of Human Rights) and provides free legal counseling and assistance to the members of the community.

From October 2015 Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group is implementing the project “Improving Access of LGBT Persons in Georgia to Protection from Hate Crimes”. Aim of the project is to raise legal awareness of the community members about how to defend themselves in case of hate crime and create an alliance of human rights organizations to lobby together the creation of hate crimes unit within Georgian law enforcement bodies.

Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) with financial support of NED (National Endowment for Democracy) is implementing project “Defending Minority Rights”. The purpose of the project is to reduce the violence and discrimination against LGBT community in Georgia. It aims at improving the legal environment and addressing the deficiencies determined by the WISG studies in the areas of disclosing, documenting and reacting to hate crimes and discrimination incidents perpetrated against the LGBT individuals. This is envisaged to be done through more proactive and improved identification and management of the cases of discrimination among the community; closer cooperation with the Public Defender’ Office and better application of its legal authority for implementation of the Anti-discrimination Law; as well as by actively contributing to the improvement of the knowledge and skills of the law-enforcement agencies for appropriate documenting and reacting to hate-crimes. The project will also work on raising a positive visibility on well-managed hate-crime cases in the media.