Despite having these different backgrounds from both

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Despite having these different backgrounds, from both politicians’ perspectives, entering the political realm in Georgia is described to be critically challenging for women. Both politicians assess the current political scene in Georgia as the male-dominated system, in which gender-based discrimination is prevalent. According to Khatuna Samnidze, there are no obstacles for women in the Republican party, but the same conclusion about such an ideal case cannot be drawn from Tamar Kordzaia’s experiences, one of the examples being excluding her from some important processes.
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Examples given by Tamar Kordzaia also show that the barriers that women politicians face start from their early childhood. She recalls her childhood and describes how difficult it was for her to study and choose the profession that she always wanted, while taking care of two infants. Khatuna Samnidze describes the barriers faced by a divorced mother raising children alone, with the stigma of a single mother and stereotypes associated with it being some of the most prominent issues. The same societal pressure can be paralleled with Tamar Kordzaia’s experience when she discusses how her second marriage has been used against her throughout her whole career. For example, she mentions that there was a direct pressure on her to go to church. After overcoming many familial and societal barriers to enter politics, gender-based discrimination now came directly from male politicians. Both Tamar Kordzaia and Khatuna Samnidze give examples of sexual harassment that they had to go through when stepping into the male-dominated politics. These harassments included inappropriate jokes and sexual remarks, such as “Finally, a pretty woman in that coalition.” By expressing their feelings of rage and discomfort caused by this violence, both politicians show the severity of the problem to the reader.
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