Rusudan Gotsiridze

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International Women of Courage Award, 2014. United States First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom (R) with Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of Georgia

Rusudan Gotsiridze (Georgian: რუსუდან გოცირიძე; born 8 February 1975) is a bishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia. She is a political activist for women's rights.[1][2] In 2014, Gotsiridze received the International Women of Courage Award.[3][4]

Gotsiridze was the first female Baptist bishop in Georgia.[5] She supports a policy of women's equality. Gotsiridze has spoken out against the use of physical force to harm women. She started a series of discussions between religious groups in order to prevent disagreements and to help minority religions.[6] She was also one of the first members of the religious community in Georgia to publicly support the rights of the LGBT community.[6] Gotsiridze spoke at the sixth United Nations Forum on Minority Issues about religious minorities in Georgia.[7][8]

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  1. Stearns, Scott. "US Honors International Women of Courage".
  2. "Ukrainian Euromaidan volunteer receives State Department's International Women of Courage Award".
  3. "2014 International Women of Courage Award Winners - International Women of Courage Celebration".
  4. "Bios of 2014 Award Winners".
  5. "TEDx Tbilisi Talk: Rusudan Gotsiridze". GenEq Georgia. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "AWIU » Introducing Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of Georgia, a 2014 International Woman of Courage". AWIU. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  7. "Georgia: Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze speaks at the 6th UN Forum… · News · Minority Voices Newsroom". minorityvoices.org. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  8. "2014 International Women of Courage Award Winners - International Women of Courage Celebration".

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