The Council of Europe Programme to support Georgia in view of the 2016 (parliamentary), 2017 (local) and 2018 (presidential) elections aims to assist Georgia in a full cycle of elections by addressing several elements of the electoral framework, as recommended in reports of the OSCE/ODIHR and the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) as well as by the Election Observation reports made by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE).

Activities for the 2017 local elections Activities for the 2017 local elections

Funding the Georgian NGO ‘Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre’ (EMC) to conduct trainings for women candidates to increase their competitiveness in the campaigning process, ensure their effective participation in domestic politics and protect their rights. A special focus will be paid on working with women candidates and voters from ethnic minorities. 

In cooperation with the Venice Commission, deploying an international expert to conduct trainings for members of District Election Commissions on the resolution of electoral disputes.

Organising a high level post-election conference to discuss the achievements and failures observed during the local elections and outlining recommendations for future elections

The women featured in this video are members of municipality councils who won seats during the 2014 local self-government elections. These women candidates are participants of the project "Capacity Development of Female Candidates and Elected Officials in Georgia—2014 Local Elections," implemented by EMC and made possible with the support of the Swiss Confederation and the Council of Europe.

Gender Mainstreaming in Georgian Politics

The Council of Europe Journal video featuring locally elected women officials from Georgia