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5th annual weekend of twinning

The International Foundation LEA & Council of Jewish Women in Georgia, in partnership with different organizations of Jewish, Muslim and other ethnic minorities, organized a series of meetings in November 2012 for the 5th Annual Weekend of Twinning.

On 9th November a round-table event was held in the village Kachrety to mark Kristalnacht and start the Weekend, with the participation of Jewish, Muslim and other ethnic minority leaders. The leaders stressed the importance of working together to tackle the key problems for the prevention anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia, discrimination and other intolerance of ethnic/religious minorities.
 
Leila Mamedova, a Muslim woman who heads the Union of Young Azerbaijanians, talked about the importance of the annual Tbilisi Muslim-Jewish women’s twinning events, and about meetings between Muslims and Jews in Paris, where the Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change organized an evening of storytelling, based on real life experiences.

On 15th November in Tbilisi a meeting took place to commemorate “Tolerance Day” with the participation of Jewish, Muslim and other religious and ethnic minority leaders. The conveners of this year’s event was the Public Defender of Georgia who hosted a reception for rabbis, imams, and senior Christian clergy, community and state leaders. LEA President Marine Solomonishvili spoke about the importance of this event for developing the integration process, friendship and intercultural dialogue between Jews and Muslims and other ethnic minorities, especially through the partnership of women leaders from different communities. In the heart of the old city of Tbilisi stand churches, synagogue, and mosques, making this a center with a very old tradition of tolerance. 

On 16th November, the Parliament of Georgia hosted an event to mark Tolerance Day and a round-table event was held in Tbilisi on Gender Equality. Over 1/3 of Georgian population consists of representatives of ethnical minorities. There are more than 20 ethnic minority communities, including Jews, Azeri, Armenian, Kurds, Russian, Ukrainian, Assyrian, Germans, Czechs, Polish, Greeks, Estonian, Lithuanian, Roma, etc., and about 60% of them are women. During this difficult and turbulent period, it is particularly difficult for socially vulnerable groups, including religious/ethnic minorities and women. The women noted that it is necessary to improve the joint work for the development of key problems of gender equality in Jewish, Muslim and other communities.