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Recent developments around the world have brought women, peace, and security issues to the forefront of media attention.
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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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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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Women often face inequalities and obstacles in sports. Sometimes they even experience sexual harassment and abuse as well, although they virtually never talk about it to the media, especially in public.
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The ethical coverage of women’s rights and gender equality plays a special role in shaping sound public opinion and in awareness-raising. UN Women has been actively cooperating with the Georgian media for years, offering them various trainings and workshops on gender-sensitive reporting.
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Women with disabilities was the main topic of the training for regional media representatives held on 23 and 24 October. The training was organized by UN Women and the NGO Partnership for Human Rights.
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Expanding access to gender statistics and its extensive use for raising public awareness and policy planning is a top priority for UN Women. With this purpose, UN Women in cooperation with the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat) implements various initiatives.
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41 per cent of the population in Georgia think that domestic violence is a family matter. A new campaign by UN Women challenges the status quo and calls everyone not to stay indifferent to violence against women.
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Femicide remains a significant challenge for Georgia. According to the findings of the monitoring carried out by the Public Defender, problems still persist in connection to this topic, including stereotypical attitudes towards victims, the proper qualification of cases and the designation of such crimes as gender-based.
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The role of the media in advocating the empowerment of women and gender equality should not be underestimated. It is also important for journalists to not only show interest towards these topics but also report on them in a gender-sensitive and ethical manner.
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Supported by UN Women, the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia held an online conference on 30 June on the prevention and monitoring of femicide.
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Khatia Ghoghoberidze is a journalist contributing to the Georgian online media platform Tabula. Her articles often deal with the challenges women face in everyday life, including gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and violence. Other than being relevant, Khatia’s materials adhere to high standards and ethical norms of reporting.
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On 11 December, the Public Defender of Georgia with UN Women’s support presented the findings of its five-year monitoring of gender-based killings of women - femicides - in Georgia.
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The monitoring and prevention of cases of femicide - gender-related killings of women - is one of the priorities of UN Women.
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By continuously reporting on news that supports the advocacy of women’s issues, media representatives can play a huge role in raising the general public’s awareness and in changing their attitudes.
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The Public Defender’s Office of Georgia (PDO) together with UN Women organized a conference to present the “Femicide Watch Report - Analysis of the Criminal Cases Regarding Gender-related Killings of Women Committed in 2016”.
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The Legal Committee of the Parliament of Georgia has supported a petition by the women’s movement demanding a tougher response to gender-related killings of women (femicides).
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The Public Defender of Georgia (PDO) together with UN Women organized the international conference Femicide Watch - Monitoring Tools and Mechanisms in Tbilisi, Georgia to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed every 25 November.
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The Chief Prosecutor’s Office, in cooperation with the UN Women Country Office in Georgia, organized a conference to present its analysis of domestic crimes and femicides. The trends, achievements and challenges in fighting domestic violence were meticulously discussed.
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The Public Defender of Georgia, Mr. Ucha Nanuashvili, held a press conference together with Ms. Erika Kvapilova, Representative of UN Women in Georgia, in which he announced that his office will assume responsibility for monitoring gender-based killings of women in Georgia.