Social and Economic Empowerment of Women

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Increasing evidence confirms that the achievement of gender equality and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be possible without women’s economic empowerment. UN Women Georgia therefore works with a wide array of actors to foster sustainable change and create an enabling environment for the economic empowerment of women, including by working with government institutions, private sector companies, UN agencies, development partners, trade unions, civil society and grass-roots organizations.

Under the 2016-2020 United Nations Partnership for Sustainable Development (UNPSD), UN Women supports the Government of Georgia to achieve nationalized SDGs, especially SDG 5, 8, 10 and 12, and prioritize women’s economic empowerment in gender-responsive policymaking; and to integrate gender in national and sectoral strategies and action plans. Special emphasis is placed on strengthening the capacity of government institutions to apply international standards and develop and implement more gender-inclusive laws, policies and programmes that actively target women and impact their lives.

To accelerate the pace of progress towards gender equality, UN Women mobilizes private sector companies and supports them to take tangible actions for women’s economic empowerment both within and outside the workplace. Through the UN Women/UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool, UN Women provides information on why gender equality is critical to business performance and helps companies identify what further actions can be taken. The work is accomplished in partnership with the Civil Development Agency and the Public Defender’s Office. Equal pay policies, gender-sensitive recruitment practices, targeted job placement programmes and the adoption of marketing practices that challenge gender stereotypes are just a few examples from the menu of actions available for companies.

At the community level, UN Women works to increase the sustainable livelihoods of women entrepreneurs and, most importantly, of poor and socially excluded groups of women. With partners such as the Georgian Farmers’ Association and the TASO Foundation, UN Women supports women to improve their job skills and to access legal, financial and economic services. Women entrepreneurs who are already engaged in business and interested in scaling up their enterprises are linked to larger cooperatives and corporate value chains.

UN Women’s work towards women’s economic empowerment in Georgia is funded by the Government of Norway and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Through UN Women’s multi-country programme in the South Caucasus, UN Women Georgia’s work on women’s economic empowerment in Armenia and Azerbaijan is also funded by the SDC and implemented in partnership with UNDP.