Enhancing Gender Equality in Georgia


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Celebrating International Day of Rural Women. October 2014. Photo:Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Three UN agencies – UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA - with the funds from the Government of Sweden, have pooled their resources, experience, expertise and assets to address the challenges of equal opportunities and women empowerment in Georgia.

To achieve this goal, agencies focus on the three main areas:

  • Women’s political and economic empowerment
  • Eliminating violence against women, especially domestic violence
  • Realization of sexual and reproductive rights of population

What We Do

UNDP's work within this UN Joint Programme is focused on enhancing woman’s political and economic empowerment. The nationwide UNDP research in 2013 showed that gender perceptions, which have not changed much over years, place men in a dominant position in many areas of social, economic and political life.

We advocate for the increased participation of women in policy making and for empowering them economically, thus setting up sound mechanisms for political and economic activism.

Some results so far

  • The proportion of women in parliament increased to 6% in 2008 to 11% in 2012. The Gender voluntary quota – inclusion of the different sex representatives on party lists –increased from 20% to 30% and for the parties that comply with this requirement additional budget funding rose from 10% to 30%.
  • The proportion of women in local councils increased from 11 to 11.8% after the municipal elections in 2014. The Women Councillors’ Forum was established in 2013 to increase women’s role in local governance. Targeted municipalities incorporated gender sensitive principles in their 2014 local budgets.
  • The Gender Equality National Action Plan for 2014-2016 was adopted setting the milestones for the country in achieving gender equality in different areas of political, social and economic life.
  • 350 rural women received vocational training in different areas of local economies from the schools in Kachreti, Poti and Zugdidi to promote women’s participation in economic activities and increase local household income.
  • Over 170 women and 26 rural communities received support under the UNDP’s community mobilisation activity and small grants programme to address the acute problems in 14 villages.
  • More than US$ 3 million was mobilised for community projects in addition to the initial funding provided by UNDP – 82 community proposals were acknowledged by the Municipalities and included in the respective budgets for 2014.
  • UNDP supported GEOSTAT in its efforts to digitalize archive of the publication “Men and Women in Georgia”;
  • “Change Your Mind”- a massive public awareness campaign rolled out across Georgia in 2013 and 2014. The campaign stirred intensive public debate about gender equality and social clichés in the Georgian society. The Facebook page of the campaign generated over 47,000 likes and 10,000 active conversations.

Who finaces it?

The UN Joint Programme is funded by the Government of Sweden with the total budget of USD 5 million. UNDP component amounts USD 2 million.


2012 US$    207,230
2013 US$ 1,268,344.75
2014 US$    654,884.25
Start date:
October 2012
End date:
November 2015
Geographic coverage:
Funded by


Millennium Development Goal
Promote gender equality and empower women
Project Document
Contact Information

Contact Person
Ketevan Makharashvili
UNDP Component Manager

4 Abashidze Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia
+995 32 2306137

Contact Person in UNDP

Natia Natsvlishvili
Assistant Resident Representative