UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality in Georgia
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 through:
- 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 (2012-2016)
- The proportion of women in the Parliament of Georgia increased from 6% in 2008 to 16% in 2016.
- The gender voluntary quota – inclusion of the different sex representatives on party lists – increased from 20% to 30% and additional budget funding for the parties that comply with this requirement 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 Councilors’ Forum was established in 2013 to increase women’s role in local governance.
- Targeted 16 municipalities incorporated gender principles in their 2014, 2015 and 2016 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 of Kakheti and Samegrelo received support under the UNDP’s community mobilisation activity and 26 small grant projects to address the acute problems in 14 villages.
- More than US$ 3.8 million was mobilised for community projects in addition to the initial funding provided by UNDP – 121community proposals were acknowledged by the Municipalities and included in the respective budgets for 2014 and 2015.
- UNDP supported Georgia's statistical agency, GEOSTAT, in its efforts to digitalize an 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.
- The Association of Women Farmers of Kakheti was established in 2013 with UNDP support, uniting over 120 women farmers within the first year. In 2015 the Association made a decision to become a nation-wide organization and raise membership in other regions of Georgia.
Success Stories and Blogs
An opinion piece about the challenges faced by Georgian women on their way to politics.
The Gender Equality Awards 2015 brings together a dynamic community of people willing to shake gender stereotypes in Georgia.
Gender equality through the eyes of one of Georgia’s most forward-thinking writers.
Seven steps to a successful public campaign.
From seven courageous women to the national Association of Women Farmers.
A choir conductor, a farmer, an entrepreneur and a wheelchair fencer - they are all women who change the world in their own way.
Facing a disparity in gender-related legislation, Georgia adopted a law on gender equality following a five-year campaign by the UNDP to help empower women in the Caucasus nation.
The research examines the obstacles faced by Georgian women while striving for a political career and dispels some existing myths on women’s political participation.
The report describes the challenges faced by the internally displaced women and girls with disabilities in Georgia.
The nation-wide research examines the mindsets of Georgians over gender equality.
The report presents some key results achieved by UNDP in Europe and Central Asia in 2014 in our efforts to eradicate the root causes of gender inequality.
Who finaces it?
The second phase of the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality in Georgia (2015-2020) is funded by the Government of Sweden with the total budget of US$ 8.3 million. UNDP component amounts US$ 3 million.