Irine Kvelidze Blogger about female issues in politics/religion
Q & A
“I am Irina Kvelidze. I am 21 years old and I study psychology at university. But I work as a journalist and as an translator, too.”
We heard about your blogging on the website of cafebabel.com. What is your blogging about and what is your motivation?
“First I started when one of the editors was coming here, just tweet it to me: “You know english, you are a blogger, can you start blogging for us? Because we want making a journal blog in Georgia and want to recruite more journalists. So I got him like this, by Twitter and then I start writing about church and women. Mostly my articles are about hot topics and I do like analytical articles. I just write what is going on and why it is not good or bad — something like that.”
Why do you choose these topics?
“Usually my editor choose it. I want to start continue writing about church and about thoughts, about their statements. I want to write about why they are wrong and why it is not good to say those things in the community. They all follow them without thinking.”
Can you tell us for an example in which point “they” (church) are wrong?
“My articles were about their statements that they said on christmas that artificially inseminated children don‘t have souls … I wrote about this and that everyone should not follow them.”
Did you grow up very religious? What is your connection between your personality and religion?
“Actually, my family is not too religious. But I have two uncles were in church, who are priests. And my mothers side believes in god — very much. But they don´t tell me how to think or go to church. The last time I was in church and talked to a priest was when I was 15. After that I thought I don‘t need priests to be a good person. And I don´t need anyone to go to heaven or hell. So I can go my way and I can choose my way.”
Can you please describe your lifestyle and what your parents/family think about your way of life?
“I study at university. I am a student, but not a good student, because I like working too much and don´t have time to go to lectures. So my grades are low. I like working. I work as a freelancer for various organisations and I have a lot of projects during a year. My family supports me because I do my work and haven’t high salary on my work. So the money is low and they have to help me during the months. Usually in the evenings I am at the bar because my boyfriend works there and we just hang out there. It doesen´t mean that I drink, they have juice. In the beginning my parents didn´t like that I’ve been there so often, but now they know my boyfriend and they know that I don’t do anything wrong.”
What are problematic situations for women in georgian society, according tradition, according family…?
“The first thing is the community tells you how to behave, how to live, when to get married and when to get children, how to raise them and so on.
Then there are families, most of Georgian have strict families and parents, they don‘t allow them to go out after 6 or 7 pm. I think it is a problem because persons should live their life how they want to. Because when they have problems they can overcome these by themselves.
Did you have any problems during your life and if, how did you overcome it and who supportes you or critizises you?
“When I was a teenager at the beginning I had a very bad mood like the worst mood. I was a really problematic child, I was very stubborn and it got me to deep problems. But I always want to overcome it by myself and usually I did not tell my parents. It was like the people were talking about me on my back. They were talking really hurtful things: they said I was pregnant when I was 12 or 11. I heard about that when I was 17 — after 5 years. I just told my father about it. I was laughing and I was just making fun of the people in my neighboorhood and my father was like: „Do you want a gun?“ Of course it was a toy gun. He was talking about a toy gun. I overcome by writing about it. And everyone in my neighboorhood was writing and was apologizing. But usually both of my grandmothers critizise me but my parents are always by my side are really supportive.
My great grand mother — She is the most understanding person, she is 88 years old. No one expect from her that she would be so supportive towards to me or towards to any one of the family. The backstory of her is so impressive, that I am thinking to make a project only about her and making a video how she overcame everything. Because she was about 40 years old, when her husband died, my great grand father. She had 2 sons and when she gave birth to twins, girls, who died instantly when they were born. She overcame that, too. She overcame the death of my great grand father, and she overcame the death of her mother. So her backstory is so impressive, that nobody can overcome these things and be so fun.. I am like always talking about her and writing about her.
Would you consider yourself as a feminist and if yes can you explain why?
“I think every woman should be a feminist, not a radical feminist. I don´t hate men and the radicals usually do. Usually the society thinks if you are a feminist you hate men. You want to be president of women or something like that. I usually defend women´s rights in my friends community, too and I write about it usually in my blogging in georgian in english, too. Ya, I am a feminist.”
What is your plans for future. Do you wish to be a mother one day?
“In the future, of course I want to be a mother. I don´t know when or how or with who – maybe I know. In the future I want to have my own business and have my own projects that I look forward, too. That is my first priority and then family and children.”