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Stories about Georgia

In Georgia, a taxi service for women by women

A new taxi service in Georgia, called TaxiWoman is promising safe journeys as it will serve only women, with women drivers behind the wheel.

Georgian-Belarusian security cooperation deal worries political emigres in Georgia

A year after disputed presidential elections in Belarus, a Georgian-Belarusian security cooperation agreement has come into force. Critics fear the treaty could help Minsk target political dissidents residing in Georgia.

Georgian State Security Service accused of mass-surveillance of public figures

The Georgian State Security Service (SSG) has been spying on journalists, opposition and ruling party politicians, activists, priests, businesspeople, and other public figures, according to leaked documents.

In Georgia, a book with stories to empower women written by men garners criticism

"Love yourself," a book featuring 13 women who share their stories of stigma over body image, may have had all the good intentions at heart.

The Georgian Dream Party withdraws from EU-brokered deal with opposition

The governing Georgian Dream Party has pulled out of an EU-brokered agreement between the government and the opposition.

The Georgian Dream Party’s anti-media crusade continues

Following the homophobic, anti-journalist riots on July 5, the Georgian government officials accused of inciting the violence have gone on the offensive against journalists.

EU flag torn down from Georgian Parliament in second day of far-right street violence

Several thousand people including queer rights activists and supporters as well as opposition leaders gathered outside the parliament building in Tbilisi to protest violence against LGBTQI+ Pride organizers.

Tbilisi Pride march canceled amid violent attacks

March for Dignity, a Pride March organized in Tbilisi was cancelled by the organizers amid violence and attacks against the organizers of the event and journalists.

Georgia toughens penalties for administrative offences

Georgian MPs have passed legislative amendments that introduce harsher fines and longer periods of pre-trial arrest for offenses that are routinely used by police to detain street protesters.

The toxic masculinity of Georgia’s gangster prince

The sexist tropes parroted by Bera Ivanishvili tell us a lot about how gender and power operate in Georgia, and the incompatibility of celebrity with the real-world power of a...

Activists protest dam construction in northwest Georgia

A planned US$800 million hydropower project, the largest in Georgia, is meeting resistance from residents of the Rioni River valley

Georgians in Abkhazia and South Ossetia unable to vote

Ethnic Georgians living in Abkhazia and South Ossetia won’t be able to vote in Georgia's October 31 parliamentary elections. Georgia's government has no plan to protect these citizens’ right to...

COVID-19 has put medicine out of reach for many in Georgia

The economic crisis resulting from COVID-19 has left many in Georgia jobless and unable to afford medication. Closed borders have also made getting cheaper drugs from abroad all but impossible.

Georgians approve of government's COVID-19 response but fear economic downturn, survey finds

A new survey reveals that Georgians approve of their leaders and institutions' response to COVID-19. Can the goodwill last until October's parliamentary elections?

In Georgia, cinema is the latest flashpoint in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights

Months after its release, a film about a gay Georgian dancer continues to inflame heated debates about the place of the LGBTQ+ community in this conservative country.

Has COVID-19 provoked a crisis of faith in Georgia's Orthodox church?

As the Georgian Orthodox Church continued to hold prayers during lockdown, its critics hint at a new crisis of faith in church-state relations.

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

Calculating the hidden costs of breakaway borders in Georgia

The boundaries between breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Georgian government controlled territory are hardening. For locals on both sides of the divide, that brings huge social and economic costs.

No place for transgender people in Georgia's labour market

Finding a stable job is a hard enough task for all Georgians — but as Nata and Gabriela's stories show, it's nearly impossible for transgender people.

Georgia's youth protesters lead 2020's political showdown

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi braces itself for renewed anti-government protests next month, and youth protesters are at the forefront.

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