UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women in Georgia supports state and non-state partners towards the achievement of substantive gender equality in Georgia. In line with international and national commitments, UN Women works on the levels of policies and legislation, institutions and grassroots, in order to achieve transformative results for increased gender equality and greater protection of the rights of women and girls.
The UN Women Georgia Country Office with the generous support of the Government of Norway is implementing a project “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia” (GG4GEG). The project delivers around three main outputs: (1) gender equality and gender mainstreaming are institutionalized at the national and local levels; (2) gender mainstreaming capacities are developed and sustained at the national and local levels; and (3) more and better-quality data and analysis are available to promote and track the progress of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Georgia. The project responds directly to gender equality and gender mainstreaming commitments undertaken by the Government of Georgia at the international and national levels and aims to strengthen governance systems for gender equality in Georgia by tapping into ongoing public sector reforms such as the decentralization, public finance reform and civil service reform, among others.
Gender mainstreaming in governance at all levels is essential for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE). When institutions, policies and programs fully integrate gender considerations into their work they deliver better and more equitable results for men, women, boys and girls contributing to the good governance. Responsibility to mainstream gender in all governmental policies and programmes in further enshrined under various international instruments on GEWE, including the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), SDGs and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) et al. BPfA in particular, calls on the national governments to “ensure mainstreaming of a gender perspective in all policy-making processes (Article 205), and further calls on the national machineries for the advancement of women to support governmentwide mainstreaming of a gender-equality perspective in all policy areas (Article 201).
In 2014, the Government of Georgia (GoG) adopted the 2015-2020 Public Administration Reform (PAR) Roadmap. The document sets the framework for action for GoG in the areas of: (1) policy development and coordination; (2) human resources management; (3) accountability; (4) service delivery; (5) public finance management and (6) local self-government. Adoption of the 2015-2020 PAR Roadmap constituted an important step forward towards establishing an effective and efficient public administration system in Georgia. However, this strategic document fell short of capturing Georgia’s international and national commitments on GEWE.
The year 2020 represents momentum for mainstreaming gender into the PAR reform process as the 2015-2020 PAR Roadmap expires and the GoG (represented by the PAR Council) embarks on the journey to develop the new generation of the PAR Strategy for 2021-2024. This gender mainstreaming process will be spearheaded by the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in partnership with the GoG Policy Planning Department represented by the PAR Council. The process will be further informed by Georgia’s international commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment under CEDAW, BfPA and SDGs, as well as by the internationally established guidelines and standards (SIGMA/OECD/EU) on gender mainstreaming in governance and public administration.