Publication Date

5-25-2017

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Dr. Jeff Unsicker

Abstract

Emma Shattuck – PIM 75

MORE WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT: ADVOCACY LESSONS LEARNED

FROM THE GEORGIAN WOMEN’S TASK FORCE ON POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

May 2017

This Policy Advocacy Course-Linked Capstone is a case study of an on-going advocacy campaign to increase women’s political participation in the Republic of Georgia’s Parliament. It tells the story of a dedicated group of advocates who are determined to help Georgian women’s voices be heard in a primarily male-dominated political context. Drawing on my personal experience living and working in Tbilisi, Georgia, and based on comprehensive key informant interviews with leaders of the campaign, I analyze the major events that led to formation of the movement, describe the key players including the grassroots Georgian Women’s Movement and Task Force on Women’s Political Participation, and analyze the campaign to date. In addition to describing and analyzing the policy issues, the political actors and the strategies involved in the advocacy work, I also seek to evaluate the campaign’s success and identify lessons that can be applied in other advocacy contexts.

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | International Relations | Law and Gender | Legislation | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Public Affairs | Public Policy | Women's Studies