The project aims at providing liberal political education in the field of minority rights and tolerance for selected political parties in Georgia. The project consists of two components: capacity building seminars for regional representations and activists of political parties and elaboration of a study on political party system in Georgia.
- Capacity building seminars: each seminar consists of three interconnected topics: 1) Diversity management and international mechanisms of minority political participation: concepts of minorities, multiculturalism and ethnic diversity, minorities in political life according to Council of Europe, OSCE and UN mechanisms, political party systems as tool for minority inclusion; 2) Role of tolerance-building, inter-ethnic and inter-faith dialogue for political development: concepts of tolerance, civil integration, best practices of tolerance-building and challenges of Georgian model; 3) Gender aspects of minority political participation: concept of gender equality, women in politics and challenges of Georgian political culture.
- Study on political party system in Georgia: the study is to examine the current political party system with the particular focus on national minority involvement in political life. Based on the relevant legislation review and political party official documents and manifestos the study will reveal challenges of Georgian political culture.
Capacity building component of the project targets Republican Party and Free Democrats Party, while the study component will cover general political spectrum of Georgian political landscape. Based on the prior consultations with both political parties it was decided to focus on the staff and activists of the political party regional representations. In particular, seminars for Republican Party will be conducted in Rustavi (Kvemo Kartli regional office), Gurjaani (Kakheti regional office), Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki (Samtskhe-Javakheti regional office), Batumi (Adjara regional office), while seminars for Free Democrats will be conducted in Lagodekhi (Kakheti regional office), Gori (Shida Kartli regional office), Batumi (Adjara regional office), Rustavi and Marneuli (Kvemo Kartli regional office).
The project is supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation