Women Speakers

Women Speakers

Ana Diakonidze

Ana is a social policy researcher with special focus on labor and employment policy and development issues.

No more panels without women!

“Women Speakers” is a database of more than 40 biographies of women from the South Caucasus. It aims to make visible knowledge and experience of women, who work in the different spheres of public or civic sector. The qualification and expertise listed here strikingly reminds us that women are still under-represented as speakers at various public events. Fairly enough, the page “Women Speakers” has a very clear message: Women’s voices should be heard! No more panels without women!

To ensure the above mentioned we present women Heinrich Boell Foundation collaborates with. We invite them as experts, speakers or moderators under the frameworks of various projects, among which Public Debates should be pointed out. We strongly support balanced representation of men and women on public events, which is a basic organizational principle of our work.  

We believe that gender democracy should not be seen as a long-term goal, but something, that can be achieved here and now.

Nina Mdivani

Nina Mdivani is a writer, interested in visual art as an ongoing global process. 

Ani Gogberashvili

Ani Gogberashvili is the founder of the initiative group “Women’s Voices”. She works on a project regarding the needs of single mothers of disabled children in Georgia.

Anna Dziapshipa

Anna Dziapshipa has an experience and professional biography in art history, film producing, cultural management and experimental video. She is co-founder of documentary film company SakDoc Film.

Ketevan Khutsishvili

Ketevan has been working with different kind of marginalized groups since 2012. Most of her practice work has spent with lgbtqi community and children, who are in a child protection system.

Nana Chabukiani

She has eight years of academic and applied research. Her interest includes gender, religion and minority issues.

Lana Mushkudiani

Independent Gender Researcher; Feminist. Since 2014 working differently in projects regarding gender and women’s issue in Georgia. Her Master Research Paper is about the Domestic Violence and Police Response.

Tamar Nodarishvili

Tamar Nodarishvili is a master in Gender Studies and a feminist. Her master thesis relates to violent crimes committed by women and the battered woman syndrome. Her research interests are gender and crime, sexuality, women history and repressions.

Ketevan Mamukelashvili

During 2003-2007 she held a position of coordinator and later a head of Kutaisi civil service of culture, sports and tourism. Since 2007 Ketevan works at the Kutaisi Lado Meskhishvili state drama theatre firstly as PR- and later as art-manager.

Eva Lomtadze

Member of the Council of the Lagodekhi Municipality. Eva has contributed to the development and activity of non-governmental sector in Lagodekhi. 

Ketevan Khutsishvili

Doctor of Historical Sciences.  Research interests: Ethno-cultural processes in the Caucasus, religious issues, conflicts and IDP studies, urban and economic anthropology.

Rozeta Gujejiani

Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Institute of Ethnology, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

Lika Jalagania

MA in International Law from Ivane Javakhisvhili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia). Research Interests: Radical Critics of the Law, Gender and the Law, Queer/Feminist Legal Theories, International Law and LGBT rights, Politics of Sexuality and Queer Resistance.

Tamar Dekanosidze

LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex (Colchester, UK). Position: Lawyer and Project Coordinator at the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association.

Mariam Tchantchaleishvili

MA in Gender Studies. Research Interests: Gender and nationalism, masculinities, body politics and women’s history.

Anahit Hayrapetyan

Co-Founder of Documentary Photography Center 4Plus.org. Research Interests: Social Issues, Human right stories.

Gvantsa Khonelidze

MA student of public law and policy. Co-founder of the feminist group “Womens Gaze”.

Sopiko Japaridze

Co-founder of Solidarity Network – Workers’ Center and Invisible Labor. Research Interests: labor, women’s labor, political economy, development, social movements, activism, Soviet and leftist international history.

Maia Tabidze

MA in Gender Studies, Tbilisi State University. Research Interests: Sexuality Politics, Labor, Lesbian Feminism, Women's History.

Tamar Tolordava

Research Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Social Movements, Ilia State University; Research Interests: Soviet and Post-Soviet History and Politics; Georgian Political Elite; Social Movements; LGBTQ movements and activism in Georgia; Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-Ossetian Dialogue.

Nastasia Arabuli

Host of the morning program at the Radio Liberty. Research Interests: New media, human rights, moder visual art, urban culture and subcultures.   

Arevik Martirosyan

MA in Sociology, YSU. Interests: Contemporary Anarchist Studies, Postcolonial Feminism, Neo-iberal memory politics in post-soviet countries, Affect of resistance, Body Politics, Commons.

Anush Khachatryan

Policy Advocacy Program Officer, ''OxYGen''. Gender and nationalism, gender and conflict, women's participation in peace-building. 

Maia Barkaia

Invited Lecturer, Institute for Gender Studies, Tbilisi State University. Research Interests: Time, Labor and Gender; Social Movements; Postcolonial and Decolonial Feminisms.

Nana Dikhaminjia

Since 2014 Nana holds a position of the visiting assistant research professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Anna Iluridze

Master of Science in Gender, Development and Globalization, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nana Berekashvili

Associated Professor at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). Research Interests:  Socialization of Gender, Gender in Education, Issues of Gender equality, minorities and diversity issues.

Tamar Chabashvili

Visual artist, co-founder and member of the artists’ initiative ‘Public Space With A Roof’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Nargiza Arjevanidze

MA in Gender Studies (Central European University, 2009), PhD student at Tbilisi State University Sociology Programme.

Esma Berikishvili

PhD candidate at Ilia State University Interdisciplinary Program in Social and Humanitarian Sciences, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Anna Harutyunyan

PhD Candidate at the Free University Berlin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Berlin, Germany; MA in Gender and Cultural Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Tinatin Japaridze

MA in Oriental Studies; MA in Development Studies. Research Interests: Development aid in Developing countries; Issues of Organizational development and sustainability in aid recipient countries.

Ketevan Kantaria

Literary translator. Interests: Caucasian and Eastern European studies.

Tamar Chugoshvili

Master Degree in Public Administration - Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Position: Director for Human Rights Legislative and Policy Initiatives at EWMI PROLoG.

Lia Ukleba

Feminist painter and activist, who is dedicated to support human rights and women’s rights via her work.

Ninia Kakabadze

film scholar, journalist. Woking Topics: freedom of media; human rights; religious and ethnic minorities; lgbt rights; women’s rights; socio-economically disadvantaged groups;  domestic policy.  

Jana /Darejan/ Javakhishvili

Director, Institute of Addictology, Ilia State University; Senior Program Manager, Foundation “Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi”. Research Interests: Addictions studies, Psychotrauma: individual, family, community and societal trauma; Impact of Totalitarian past and Soviet repressions on the family members of repressed and contemporary socio-political life of Georgia.

Lela Rekhviashvili

PhD candidate in Political Science. Research Interests: Political-economy of development, institutional transformation in post-socialist region, informal economic practices, social movements, mobility and displacement.

Dako Bakhturidze

MA in Gender Studies, BA of Economic Statistics. Research Interests: Women’s labor rights, gender based violence, economic empowerment of women.

Marina Shvangiradze

Director and co-Founder of “Sustainable Development Centre-Remissia.” Research Interests: Global Warming and Climate Change.

Alla Parunova

M.A. in Gender Studies. Research Interests: Gender, Intersectional Feminism, Queer Theory, Gender in Soviet Union.

Ruzanna Tsaturyan

Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography. Research Interests: Gender studies, Nationalism, Ethnicity, Education

Gohar Shahnazaryan

Director of Yerevan State University Center for Gender Studies and Associate Professor at YSU Department of Applied Sociology, Co-founder of Women’s Resource Center NGO.

Nino Gujaraidze

Executive Director, "Green Alternative". Research Interests: environment, public participation in decision making, access to information, access to justice in environmental matters.

Nana Bagalishvili

Head of NGO “Civic Initiative”; Founder of “Initiative Group of Tsnoi”; PR manager at “Badagi”

Salome Khvadagiani

Head Executive of the NGO “Cooperation for Peace and Progress”. Research Interests: Nationalism, identity issues, religion as a marker of identity.

Marieta Bazinyan

Co-founder/editor at website middleorient.com. Research Interests: Medieval Islamic political thought, Mytho-political aspects of Islam, Contemporary Islamic movements and trends.

Eka Kevanishvili

Journalist at the Radio Liberty. Working Topics:  Women’s rights, feminism, LGBTI community, internal politics, healthcare, education, internally displaced people, literature.

Susanna Gyulamiryan

President of the Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory, Artistic Director of the “Art Commune” International Artist-in-Residence Program.

Tamara Hovnatanyan

Head of ProMedia-Gender NGO, Editor-in-chief of the WomenNet.am. Research Interests: gender journalism, women’s political  participation, women in decision making,  woman’s image in media.  

Anna Davtyan-Gevorgyan

Research Fellow, YSU Center for Civilization and Cultural Studies. Research Interests: Gender and Culture, gender stereotypes in modern Armenian society, Gender and Islam.

Ana Abashidze

Chairperson of NGO “Partnership for Human Rights”. Research Interests: Gender equality and women’s rights, child rights and rights of people with disability.

Nino Gamisonia

Projects Coordinator at RCDA. Research Interests: Environment protection, climate change, renewable energy, agriculture, gender.

Eka Imerlishvili

M.A. in Political Science. Research Interests: Civil Society, grass root community initiatives, women and feminist movements, environmental protection.

Tamar Zhvania

Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Georgia. Work topics: Electoral systems, electoral law, democracy and governance, political rights, women’s political participation.

Ekaterine Skhiladze

Head of Gender Equality Department at Public Defender’s Office of Georgia. Research Interests: Gender based violence, Domestic violence, Women’s labor rights, Early Marriages.

Nino Lomjaria

Executive Director, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED). Research Interests: Electoral systems, Women rights, Transparency and Anti corruption issues.

Nino Danelia

Professor at Ilia State University. Research Interests: media and political systems, media and civic sphere, political communication.

Tamta Mikeladze

Civil and political rights program director at EMC. Research Interests: Philosophy of law, human rights law.

Anna Nikoghosyan

Executive Director at Society Without Violence NGO, Armenia. Research Interests: gender and education, LGBT rights, gender based and domestic violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Nvard Margaryan

President of PINK Armenia NGO. Research Interests: Human Rights, Human Rights of minorities, Sexuality and Gender.

Milena Abrahamyan

Education: BA in Women and Gender Studies from CUNY Hunter College, MA in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University. Research Interests: Women, gender, masculinity, violence, peace.

Lina Gvinianidze

Social Rights Program director, Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC). Research Interests: Human rights, social rights, equality, marginalized groups.

Nata Imedaishvili

Reporter at “Radio Liberty”; advisory board member of Radio and Television of Ajara. Research Interests: Human rights, gender, social issues.

Eter Turadze

Editor in chief of newspaper “Batumelebi”. Working topics: Human rights.

Tamar Tandashvili

Education: Counseling psychology, psychological anthropology. Research Interests: Social and historical dimension in constructing Self, Cultural vectors of personhood formation.

Teona Kupunia

Master of Political Science. Research Interests: Women’s political participation, women rights, political polling, political party building, corporate social responsibility.

Ketevan Khidasheli

Position: Chairwoman of the Board, organization Women For Regional  Development. Topics: Domestic violence, gender equality, women's political participation.

Natia Gvianishvili

Feminist-Activist, Former Director at Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group. Research Interests: Gender, feminism, LGBT issues.

Baia Pataraia

Director of SCO Union “Sapari”. Research Interests: antidiscrimination law, women’s human rights, minority law, international mechanisms for the protection of human rights, non-for-profit law.

Tamara Gurchiani

Associate Professor (Ilia State University,  School of Law). Research Interests: Human rights, democracy, elections, transparence.

Tamara Pataraia

PHD degree in physics and mathematics. Research Interests: Georgia’s democratic transition, foreign and security policy.

Keti Berdzenishvili

Journalist, program director at radio “Old Town”. Working topics: Issues of women’s, children, socially vulnerable, people with disabilities.

Nana Pantsulaia

Executive Director at the Women’s Fund in Georgia. Research Interests: Women’s rights and gender justice; Supporting women’s movement, feminist activism and WHRDs; Feminist philanthropy.

Helen Khoshtaria

Co-founder of GRASS. Research Interests: Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Conflict, minority issues.

Anano Tsintsabadze

Professor of Law, LL.M. Research Interests: Corporate Law, Telecommunications Law, Environmental Protection Law.

Anna Margvelshvili

Trainer and consultant in the sphere of community development, planning of the development of the municipal culture.


Nino Sanadiradze

Professor (Social & Management & Business Administration Department – Sh.Rustaveli Georgian State University Theater & Film). Research Interests: Culture and art management, culture policy, art marketing and museum management

Salomé Jashi

Producer, Filmmaker, Founder of Sakdoc Film. Research Iinterests: Spaces and people in them

Lika Glonti

PhD in Neuroscience, Coordinator of Erasmus+ National Office. Research Interests: Education Policy, Tertiary Education, Quality Assurance, Internationalization of Education.

Maia Tsiramua

Psychologist. Research Interests:  Juvenile justice; prevention of anti-social behavior of adolescents; psycho trauma in children; violence against children and adolescents; children's rights.

Lia Jaqeli

Documentary filmdirector, Chair of the union “StudioMobile – Accent on Action”. Research Interests: Human Rights.

Manana Kochladze

CEE Bankwatch Coordinator for ENP countries. Research Interests:  Sustainable energy and Climate Change issues, International Financial institutions safeguards policyand  redress mechanisms, environment and human rights.

Irina Khantadze

Director at the Center for Training and Consultancy. Work Interests: Cooperation between civil and business sectors, development of philanthropy, education policy and non-formal adult education.

Salome Asatiani

Education: MPhil in Gender Studies, MA in Media Studies. Research Interests: Media Studies, Feminist History and Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Theories of Globalization, Subcultural Studies, Masculinity Studies.

Nani Macharashvili

Education: PhD in Political Science. Position: Director of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research Development.

Tamar Kaldani

Lawyer, Master of Business Administration. Position: Personal Data Protection Inspector.

Rusudan Gotsiridze

Theologian/Philologist. Position: Bishop of the Evangelical-Baptist Church of Georgia.

Ana Arganashvili

Psychologists/Occupational therapist. Research Interests: Rights of women with disability, gender-based violence, gender-based discrimination.

Eka Aghdgomelashvili

Executive Director at Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG). Research spheres: Women’s rights, gender and sexuality issues, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, representation of sexuality in media, hate speech.

Ekaterine Pirtskhalava

PhD in Psychology. Research interests: family psychology and family relationships, gender-related problems, migration, IDP, deported Muslim Meskhetians, education.

Kristine Darchia

Art Historian. Research Interests: Georgian fine arts of 1900-1920 years, gender-related problems in Georgian arts.   

Shorena Gabunia

MA in Arts Criticism. Research interests: gender and culture, LGBT identities, women’s studies

Lela Gaprindashvili

Philosopher, women's rights defender. She is the author of researches and articles about the history of gender, women's and feminist problems in Georgian culture.

Tinatin Megrelidze

Theologian. Topics: Women’s issues in post-Soviet space; Orthodox theology; Women in Orthodox Church and theology.

Ida Bakhturidze

MA in Gender Studies.  Research interests: oral herstories, femicide and gender-based violence, feminization of migration, modern feminist activism in Georgia, women's political participation and gender-based quotas, women's labor rights and economic empowerment. 

Tamta Melashvili

MA in Gender Studies. Topics: History of Georgian feminism, LGBT identities, Masculinity studies.

Tamta Tatarashvili

MA in Gender Studies. Representation of gender in Georgian movies; Motherhood studies.

Tamar Tskhadadze

Philosopher. Research spheres: Philosophy of language, philosophy of science, meta-ethics, feminist theory.

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