UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality in Georgia

Boosting political and economic empowerment of women

Photo: Vladimir Valishvili/UNDP

Summary

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. 

Activities

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.

Results so far

  • 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.  

Contact information

Project address

4 Abashidze Street
Tbilisi, Georgia

Contact person

Lela Akiashvili
Project Manager
lela.akiashvili@undp.org

Gigi Bregadze
UNDP Democratic Governance Team Leader
gigi.bregadze@undp.org

Status:

Ongoing

Project start date:

November 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2020

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Georgia

    Implementing partner:

    GEO Parliament

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Mdtfo/jp_georgia_gendeequalit
  • Amount contributed

    $2,721,390

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $448,556

    2018 $570,489

    2017 $699,144

    2016 $713,123

    2015 $177,890

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