Representation of women in the municipal councils of Imereti increases
Representation of women in the municipal councils of the Imereti region has increased compared with the local self-government elections of 2014. At the same time, chairpersons of 3 municipal councils are women. In spite of this, representation of women among local self-government officials remains low.
The number of women in the municipal councils elected in 2014 amounted to 11.6%, while the representation of women in the municipal councils elected in 2017 equals 15.5%. In 2017, 374 members were elected to the municipal councils of Imereti, out of whom 316 were men and 58 were women; out of 379 members elected in 2014, 336 were men and only 43 were women.
Despite the increase in the representation of women, the number of women in the municipal councils still remains low.
In 3 out of 12 municipalities of Imereti (Kharagauli, Tkibuli, Terjola), the chairpersons of the municipal councils are women. Only the chairpersons of the municipal councils of Kharagauli and Chiatura have a female deputy. In general, there are 169 men and 33 women among the officials of the municipal councils, with the number of women amounting to 16.3% of the total number of officials.
The mayors of all the 12 municipalities are men, while their 22 deputies only include 3 women – in the city/town halls of Kutaisi, Tkibuli, and Chiatura.
The majority of the heads of municipal services of city/town halls are also men: 103 heads of municipal services include 84 men and 19 women. There is a different situation in the Tskaltubo Municipality where 4 out of 6 heads of municipal services are women.
As for the gender distribution of representatives of mayors in administrative units (so-called village administrators), 184 representatives of mayors of the region’s 12 municipalities include 170 men and 14 women, with the number of women amounting to 7.6% of the total number. The mayors of Zestaponi, Vani, Bagdati, and Chiatura only have male representatives in administrative units.