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The training is one of many run by “Dia”, the Georgian Girl Scout Association under a project called "Ending Violence against Women and Girls in Georgia", supported by the European Union, the United Nations Women and the United Nations Population Fund.
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In April and May, gender-sensitive trainings on news coverage were conducted for media representatives working in the Kvemo Kartli region.
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The training module for school resource officers is part of a memorandum signed on 4 April 2022 between UN Women and the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.
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When they interviewed her, the 17-year-old girl was sitting in an armchair, not making eye contact with anyone, recalls Detective Gvantsa Gogava, who investigates domestic violence against juveniles in Georgia.
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UN Women Georgia, together with the Women’s Information Center, actively uses this role-play exercise with different audiences to raise awareness on violence against women.
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With the support of the European Union, UN Women and the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics are actively collaborating to support the ethical, gender-sensitive coverage of women’s rights and LGBTQI issues.
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Sexual violence remains one of the most hidden crimes in Georgia. Women do not speak about it because society often blames them for what happened. In fact, however, it is important to show compassion and stand by victims in order to break the cycle of silence and violence.
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Representatives of the legislative and executive branches of the Georgian Government, the diplomatic corps and international and local non-governmental organizations attended the meeting, organized by UN Women and the UN Gender Theme Group.
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Business companies that are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) have rejoined the 16-day campaign against gender-based violence, continuing the initiative that was launched in November 2020.
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Natia Merebashvili is the Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia. She has accompanied a number of improvements to the way the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia handles violence against women (VAW) cases, with support from UN Women and with generous funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden.
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On 10 November, UN Women brought together the companies that have signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in order to discuss this topic and to share their own experience.
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On 12 and 13 October, Kaori Ishikawa, UN Women Country Representative in Georgia, conducted her first field visit to Guria region to be introduced to the progress of the initiatives on the spot.
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A new manual, aimed at improving access to justice for victims of sexual violence in the Georgian criminal justice system has been developed.
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A study report, conducted by CRRC-Georgia in cooperation with the Civil Service Bureau and UN Women, was presented by the authors to representatives from the legislative and executive government as well as international and non-governmental organizations.
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Achieving progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment across Georgia is difficult without the involvement of the municipalities, so UN Women and the Parliamentary Gender Equality Council are taking active steps to jointly advocate for these issues with the local governments.
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To support ending violence against women, Georgia national rugby team, the Lelos, will wear the UN Women logo on their jerseys when they play current World Champions South Africa team in July.
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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has launched a process to target sexual offences, which includes a special training program supported by UN Women.
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Women in health care are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, although the role and efforts of other women who are effectively involved in pandemic response is also crucial. During the crisis, they have been able to show support to many other women.
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UN Resident Coordinator Sabine Machl, who visited Zugdidi Municipality from 19 to 21 May 2021, became familiar with the initiatives implemented by UN Women together with local partners in Samegrelo.
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UN Women conducted and online meeting to present and discuss an assessment of the domestic violence behaviour correction programmes administered in Georgia vis-à-vis international standards and to learn how similar programmes in EU countries have been operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.