Judge Tsitsino Kikvadze Empowers Youth with Insights on Women's Rights
Young people should know about women's rights since it fosters gender equality and empowers them to become informed, empathetic, and responsible citizens. The USAID Rule of Law Program organizes meetings between judges and high school students to help youth learn about women's rights.
On November 4, 2023 Judge Tsitsino Kikvadze, a Magistrate Judge in Tkibuli and Tskaltubo regions, as well as a judge at the Kutaisi City Court, met with 60 high school students at Tsignebis Taoba (which translates to Books Generation in English). Tsignebis Taoba is a collaborative initiative led by civil education teachers in Kutaisi, designed to foster a love for reading and facilitate discussions among schoolchildren.
During the session, Judge Kikvadze discussed women's rights as outlined in Georgian legislation. She provided comprehensive explanations regarding the gender based violence, domestic violence against women, property rights, alimony, and inheritance, particularly within the context of civil litigation.
Furthermore, Judge Kikvadze shared real-life examples from her own cases and underscored the challenges associated with providing evidence in domestic violence cases. She highlighted that, after conflicts, women often hesitate to testify against their abusers in court. Additionally, she emphasized the significance of the Child's Rights Code in Georgia, which creates a supportive framework for children. The judge stressed the rights of children in cases of parental separation and their entitlement to have their voices heard in court.
Following the presentation, the students, filled with curiosity, posed a series of questions to Judge Kikvadze. They inquired about various topics, including the factors contributing to the high number of domestic violence cases in Georgia, the readiness of society to address gender violence, the reasons why women sometimes feel unsafe, the property rights of children, and how women can protect their rights under Georgian legislation.