Removing Obstacles to Gender Equality and

Women’s Economic Empowerment

About the Conference

The FREE Network - the Forum for Research On Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies - and the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) and its Policy Institute, are delighted to extend a warm invitation to participate in an international conference on gender economics entitled: "Removing Obstacles to Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment". The conference will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 15-16th November 2019. The conference is organized as part of the FROGEE initiative - the Forum for Research on Gender Economics - supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and coordinated by the Stockholm Institute  of Transition

Economics (SITE). The objective of the conference is bringing together researchers, policy-makers, and the broader development community to discuss the obstacles to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, and policies to remove existing constraints, with a focus on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies. 

Our aim is to contribute to the development of national and regional agendas pursuing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals  (see UN’s portal here), with a particular focus on Gender Equality (SDG 5), critical to achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


We are currently accepting abstracts (max 500 words) presenting research on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Gender discrimination in the labor market
  • Gender gap in labor force participation
  • Gender gap in the allocation of time to unpaid care and domestic work
  • Gender gap in leadership positions at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • Gender gap in the access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources.

For all topics we welcome paper analyzing the causes of the gender gaps and/or potential policy solutions (including the evaluation of the impacts of projects and policies that have already been implemented inside or outside the region).


Conference dates: 15-16 November, 2019.

Deadline for abstract submissions: July/10/2019.

Notification of acceptance: Jul/31/2019.

Full-paper submission deadline, for accepted abstracts: Oct/15/2019.


Day 1: Friday, 15 November

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, Garden Hall

14 M. Kostava Str., Tbilisi, GE

Tel.: +995 32 2020099

Whatsapp: +995 577 377799

Day 2: Saturday, 16 November

ISET – International School of Economics at TSU

Conference Hall

16 Zandukeli Street, Tbilisi 0108 GE

Tel.: +995 32 2507177



ISET has negotiated special rates for participants of the conference. Our partner hotel is Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, the same hotel where the conference is scheduled for Day 1. For booking, please contact the hotel at Our promo code for a special rate is “FROGEE 2019”. Please indicate the promo code in your email message. Special rate is valid till 15 September.

Please see the offer here

Contact Us

16 Zandukeli Street, Tbilisi 0108 Georgia

Tel.: +995 32 2507177


16, Zandukeli St,
0108 Tbilisi,

Telephone: (+995 32) 250 71 77