Simulation Game

Young Women’s Political Academy: Georgia

CRISP team was invited by the CHANGE Program of OSCE/ODIHR for a third consecutive time to support their Young Women’s Political Academy.

The program focuses on fostering gender equality and fighting violence against women, and this time it was held specifically for Georgian participants in the light of the upcoming parliamentary elections. CRISP conducted a simulation game with 25 participants as a laboratory for practicing newly gained knowledge from the Academy.

In the simulation game set in the fictional country of Transolvia, players navigate the challenges of a transitioning parliamentary democracy. The country is facing issues of corruption, minority rights, and gender inequality. With elections approaching, players – representatives of different parties and civil society movements – must balance alliances, address societal concerns, and decide the movement's political affiliation or independence, shaping the nation's future amidst rising tension and discontent.

The emphasis on combating violence against women in politics was particularly noteworthy, as it underscored the crucial need for a safe and inclusive political space. Positive feedback highlighted the importance of addressing gender-based violence to ensure that women can actively participate in political processes without fear of intimidation or harm.

The simulation game effectively demonstrated the significance of cross-party collaboration in promoting gender equality, emphasizing that transcending political divides is essential for creating lasting positive change.