UN Joint Programme: Enhancing Gender Equality in Georgia


The President of Georgia - Giorgi Margvelashvili awards Best Woman Entrepreneur 2015. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Three UN agencies – UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA – with funds from the Government of Sweden, pool their resources, experience, expertise and assets to address the challenges of gender equality in Georgia. The Joint UN Programme for Gender Equality focuses on the three main areas: (1) Women’s political and economic empowerment, (2) Eliminating violence against women, and (3) Realization of sexual and reproductive rights of population. The second phase of the programme was launched in 2015 and will continue through 2020. 

What We Do

UNDP's work within the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality is focused on enhancing political and economic empowerment of women.

Policy advice: we advocate for streamlining gender equality to the national legislation and policies; assist in developing and updating strategic documents, including for national action plans; support evidence-based policy dialogue across the Georgian society. 

Strengthening national systems: we promote coordination and implementation of innovative policies and plans related to gender equality, including for political and economic empowerment, SRH&RR, prevention and response to violence against women and girls, as well as supporting development and institutionalization of monitoring mechanisms of implementation.

Strengthening public advocacy: we work with civil scoety and local communities in Georgia to enhance the capacities of rights-holders and mobilize participatory advocacy platforms.

Some results so far (2012-2015)

Discussion about gender budgeting in the municipalities of Georgia. 2015. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP
  • 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 for Gender Equality is funded by the Government of Sweden with the total budget of US$ 3,047,420.97. UNDP component amounts US$ 2 million.


2015 US$
2014 US$    654,884.25
2013 US$ 1,268,344.75
2012 US$    207,230
Start date:
November 2015
End date:
December 2020
Geographic coverage:
National. Specific activities in the regions of Kakheti and Samegrelo
Total budget:
US$ 3,047,420.97
UNDP component budget:
Funded by:
Governrment of Sweden
Sustainable Development Goals
Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Find out more about SDGs
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