Rusudan Gotsiridze

Georgian bishop

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]

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

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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