Georgia, Muslim-Jewish 5th Annual Weekend of Twinning
contact person: Marine Solomonishvili , President of International Foundation LEA&Council of Jewish Women in Georgia ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
In Georgia , Marine Solomonishvili , President of International Foundation LEA &Council of Jewish Women in Georgia with partnership different organizationsof Jewish ,Muslim and other ethnic minority was organized a different meetings on 9th , 15th , 16th November,2012 to dedicate Muslim-Jewish 5th Annual Weekend of Twinning , also FFEU, 16 November-International Day for Tolerance, and otherevents.
1.-On 9th November,2012 ,village Kachrety (Region of Georgia) was held a roundtable to dedicate Muslim-Jewish 5th Annual Weekend of Twinning and “9 November-Khristalnight” with participation of Jewish ,Muslim and other ethnic minority leaders (place Ambassador Hotel,Kachrety,Georgia ).
The leaders said the importance of working together to promote the key problems for prevention antysemitism, Islamofobya ,diskrymination and other intolerance of ethnic/religious minorities.
Muslim’s women, Leila Mamedova, head of Union of Yang Azerbaijanian’s said that is important with partnership to Marine Solomonishvili, President of International Foundation LEA&Council of Jewish women in Georgia annually organizing Tbilisi Muslim-Jewish women’s Twinning . She also said about Muslim Jewish meeting there were in Paris,there vere a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, for an evening of storytelling, based on real life experiences.
2.-On 15th November,2012 in Tbilisi was held a meeting to dedicate Muslim-Jewish 5th Annual Weekend of Twinning and “Tolerance Day” with participation of Jewish ,Muslim and other religious/ethnic minority leaders (place Redison Hotel,Tbilisi ). The conveners of this year’s event, a Reception of Public Defender of Georgia for rabbis, imams, senior clergy Christians ,community and state leaders are participated on “Tolerance Day”. The leaders said about role a “Tolerance Day”.
Marine Solomonishvili, said about role a this event for develop the integration process, friendship and intercultural dialogue Jewish with Muslims and other ethnic minorities, especially with partnership a women leaders from different communities.
Marine Solomonishvili said the importance together selebrating “Tolerance Day” Muslim-Jewish 5th Annual Weekend of Twinning . She also said that in Georgia the basic religion is orthodox Christian , but alongside which there are Islam and Judaism. Church, Synagogue, Mosque are together in heart of old center in Tbilisi and this place was very old tradition of tolerance .
3. –On 16th November,2012 in Tbilisi was held a meeting to dedicate “Tolerance Day” . The conveners of this year’s event was Parliament of Georgia with participation of Jewish ,Muslim and other religious/ethnic minority leaders and state leaders are participated on “Tolerance Day”. (place Vere Palas Hotel,Tbilisi).
4.-On 16th November,2012 in Tbilisi was held a roundtable “Gender equality “ -Women’s role present and future perspectives “with participation of Georgian, Jewish ,Muslim and other ethnic minority women/girls leaders (place Holidey Inn Hotel,Tbilisi ).
Marine Solomonishvili also said, more than 1/3 of Georgian population consists of representatives of ethnical minorities, there are more than 20 ethnic minority Communities in Georgia (Jews, Azeri, Armenian, Kurds, Russian, Ukrainian, Assyrian, Germans, Czechs, Polish, Greeks, Estonian, Lithuanian, Roma and etc.), about 60% are women. This period of turbulent Times is difficult in Georgia, especially 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.
About International Day for Tolerance
16 November-International Day for Tolerance
In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.
This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
On the day of its fiftieth anniversary, 16 November 1995, UNESCO’s Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
The Declaration qualifies tolerance not only as a moral duty, but also as a political and legal requirement for individuals, groups and States. It situates tolerance in relation to the international human rights instruments drawn up over the past fifty years and emphasizes that States should draft new legislation when necessary to ensure equality of treatment and of opportunity for all groups and individuals in society.
The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.