Barbare Jorjadze’s Room Opens in National Library of the Parliament of Georgia

Mar 8, 2017

Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia, and Martina Quick, Ambassador of Sweden in Georgia, with representatives of Georgian Government, Parliament and UNDP. Photo: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

On March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day, the National Library of the Parliament of Georgia opened its first reading room named after a woman. 

Barbare Jorjadze’s Room carries a name of the first Georgian feminist and female writer of the 19th century. The Room provides access to information and resources about gender equality and feminism in Georgia, including for a digital library of Georgian female writers, opinion-makers and scholars .

The establishment of Barbare Jorjadze’s Room has been initiated by a feminist group in cooperation with the National Library of the Parliament of Georgia, with support from the Women’s Fund of Georgia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Sweden under the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality.

The murals on walls, created by a feminist artist - Anuk Beluga, show historic perspective of feminism in Georgia since the 19th century.  

The opening of Barbare Jorjadze’s Room brought together representatives of the Georgian Parliament, civil society, educational institutions and international organizations.

Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia: Giorgi Kekelidze, Head of the National Library of the Parliament of Georgia; and Ida Bakhturidze, member of the initiative group, addressed the guests with congratulations on International Women’s Day.

Lela Gaprindashvili, professor of Tbilisi State University, delivered a short lecture about Barbare Jorjadze and the progress of feminism in Georgia since the 19th century. 

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