The South Caucasus state of Georgia has a reputation for being a staunchly patriarchal society. But 21st century realities are starting to chip away at the country’s male-first pecking order, experts say.
Custom has long cast Georgian men as wage-earners, the unchallenged heads of households and the upholders of familial honor. But some rights advocates, including Mamuka Gachechiladze, say a gradual shift is underway, with men slowly assuming an increasing share of domestic responsibilities. “[O]f course there is still a difference between a man’s 24-hour [day] and a woman’s 24-hour [day] … but the situation is changing,” said Gachechiladze, a trainer at the Women Information Center in Tbilisi.
What might seem like small changes in the West – such as more men taking their children to school, or helping their spouses around the home – marks a significant shift in male roles in Georgia from even a decade ago, he said.
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Molly Corso is a freelance reporter and photographer based in Tbilisi.