Gender Equality Campaign #MyRustaveli

Mar 9, 2016

On 9 March 2016, at Rustaveli National Theatre in Tbilisi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia jointly presented the students’ essay contest and gender equality campaign #MyRustaveli.

The initiative celebrates 850th anniversary of the iconic Georgian poet – Shota Rustaveli and once again draws public attention to the timeless values of humanity and equality.

Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia; Tamar Sanikidze, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, and representative of the Embassy of Sweden to Georgia – Helena Sancho, addressed participants and guests with opening remarks.

The event also saw the recital of selected verses from Shota Rustaveli’s epic “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” performed by the actors of the Rustaveli National Theatre. Ketevan Makharashvili of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality in Georgia spoke about the students’ contest and a year-long gender equality campaign to be ongoing till the end of 2016.

The initiative is part of the Gender Equality Week 2016 which traditionally celebrates International Women’s Women in Georgia.

Students’ essay contest

In 2016, the world celebrates the 850th anniversary of Shota Rustaveli, an iconic Georgian poet of the 12th-13th century and author of the epic “The Night in the Panther’s Skin”. For a Georgian, Rustaveli’s poem represents the climax of Georgia’s cultural golden age and prescribes the Georgian ethos of friendship, love and equality.

The students’ essay contest is an opportunity to harness wisdom of humane and strikingly modern ideas of the Rustaveli’s poem. The contest participants will discover their own ways of talking about the timeless values of personality and equality, gender equality among them, which have determined the success of Georgia’s statehood in Rustaveli’s time.   

See the contest announcement for more information.

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