The Gender Department of the Public Defender of Georgia was established on May 15, 2013. The establishment of the Department was based on the activities of the Center for the Rights of Children and Women operating since 2001. The Department is guided by the Constitution of Georgia, relevant international conventions and treaties, Organic Law of Georgia on the Public Defender of Georgia, Statute of the Public Defender’s Office and legislation of Georgia in the field of gender equality.
The aim of the Department is to oversee the protection of human rights and freedoms in the field of gender equality, to promote the integration of gender equality issues in regular human rights activities of the Public Defender and to raise public awareness in order to strengthen gender equality in Georgia.
The tasks of the Department are to:
- Monitor the implementation of national and international acts on gender equality in Georgia
- Oversee the provision of state guarantees for the protection of human rights and freedoms
- Examine and respond to the violations of rights on the grounds of gender, including gender identity and sexual orientation
- Examine applications/complaints received by the Public Defender's Office relating to the violation of gender equality and draft relevant reports/recommendations/proposals
- Generalize the activities and expertise of state and non-state bodies and organizations operating in the field of gender equality in Georgia and abroad and organize its introduction in Georgia
- Conduct research and raise awareness to strengthen gender equality
The service provided by the Department to persons concerned is free. Applications can be filed with the Citizen Reception Department of the Public Defender's Office.