The Power of Civic Society in Georgia’s ‘Russian Law’ Protests – Insights from CAT Fellow

This Blog was developed by womens rights activist and CAT Alumni Natia Gvritishvili for the Centre for Training and Consultancy (CTC).

The ‘Russian Law’ protests in Georgia served as a testament to the strength of civic society when united against a common threat. This account delves into the transformative impact of collaboration, strategic communication, and youth engagement during the movement. From labeling the law as the “Russian law”, organizing the Women’s March, every act of defiance became personal, fueled by the determination to protect our rights and dreams.

In the face of the proposed ‘Russian Law,’ civic society in Georgia showcased its unity, rising above differences to stand together. Working collaboratively, various groups combined their efforts, recognizing the gravity of the situation. This collective force was our beacon of hope in an otherwise uncertain time.

The movement’s decision to label the law as the “Russian law” was a stroke of brilliance. This narrative struck a chord with Georgian people, igniting a sense of unity and defiance against any notion of being dictated by external influences. Through strategic communication, activists collaborated closely with independent media, ensuring our message reached every corner of the country. The power of truth and transparency prevailed against misinformation.

As a civic activist, every protest felt deeply personal. I was one of the organizers of the Women’s March, knowing the devastating consequences the proposed law would have on thousands of women, leaving them without the help they desperately needed. Our fight was not just for abstract principles; it was for the livelihoods and well-being of countless people.

As the movement gained momentum, it was the involvement of young people that breathed life into our cause. Through strategic outreach and inclusive platforms, youth activists joined our ranks, bringing with them a surge of passion and energy. Their presence transformed protests into vibrant displays of collective determination, making it impossible for the government to ignore our demands.

The unity of civic society, combined with the strategic communication and unwavering dedication of youth activists, marked a turning point in the ‘Russian Law’ protests. The government could not disregard the overwhelming public sentiment and the genuine fear of its citizens. As a result, the proposed law was withdrawn, and hope for a democratic future was rekindled.

The ‘Russian Law’ protests in Georgia embodied the power of civic society’s collaboration and the significance of strategic communication. Our movement was deeply personal, driven by the desire to protect our rights and dreams. The involvement of youth activists breathed life into our cause, leaving an indelible mark on the government’s decision-making process. Together, we demonstrated the strength of a united civic society, and our victory serves as a reminder that collective action can shape the course of our nation’s future. We stand united and ready to face any challenge that threatens our democratic ideals and the well-being of our fellow citizens.