Tamar Dekanosidze joined Equality Now in April 2018. Tamar is a human rights lawyer with ten years of experience in law and advocacy. Her work has brought her around the world from Georgia and Kosovo, as well as the UK and the US. Before joining Equality Now, Tamar did strategic human rights litigation focusing on women’s rights in Georgia, non-discrimination, health rights, as well as on Georgia-Russia conflict-related cases. She has brought cases of femicide and gender-based violence before the European Court of Human Rights and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She has also done research on sexual and reproductive health and rights, feminist critiques of law and the response of justice systems and crimes against women. Tamar has a B.A. in Law from Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and obtained her LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex (UK).
Tamar’s work is inspired by her belief that law is one of the most powerful tools to ensure gender equality and can help women and girls break the cycle of gender-based violence. She also believes that law can target the root causes of inequality, ensure substantive elimination of structural discrimination, and promote transformative change. Her favorite quote is by William James: “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
Outside of work, Tamar likes to travel and explore different cultures, religious beliefs, and food.