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The empowerment of women and girls with disabilities is an integral part of gender equality agenda. In addition to stand-alone programmes on the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, it is critical to ensure that disability issues are fully integrated into gender equality programmes and initiatives.
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Mariam Darbaidze, 23, is a novice vlogger. A sociologist by profession, she has her own channel on YouTube and mostly records vlogs about hearing impairment. She is a person with disability herself, and this inspired her to create an online platform.
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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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In 2020, UN Women in cooperation with the popular social media platform “Women from Georgia” launched a new initiative about women and girls with disabilities. The campaign has already yielded small victories - those necessary to achieve big changes for the years to come.
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UN Women Georgia in partnership with the CEDAW Committee Secretariat and NGO partners - Partnership for Human Rights and Women & Reality - organized a virtual meeting with CEDAW Committee members Ana Peláez Narváez and Lika Nadaraia on women’s rights activism by women with disabilities.
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Tamar Macharashvili, the head of the organization “Women and Reality”, has been promoting the rights of women and girls with disabilities (WGwD) for more than 20 years. Throughout her work, Tamar strives to ensure that the voices of WGwD are heard loud and clearly.
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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 rights of women with disabilities are an integral part of women’s rights agenda, and the protection of their rights would be impossible without the support of a larger women’s movement.
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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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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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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.