MOU Signed to Promote Womens Access to Jobs and Education
UN Women and the Millennium Challenge Account in Georgia have signed an MOU, agreeing to promote the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The main objective of the MOU is the strengthening of women’s access to education, training and employment within male-dominated fields.
The Women’s Empowerment Principles are seven principles for private sector actors, developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, providing guidance on how to empower women in and through business.
On Friday, UN Women Country Representative Erika Kvapilova and Magda Magradze, CEO of MCA – Georgia, signed an MOU to jointly promote the implementation of these principles through technical and vocational education and training institutions (TVETs), as well as through businesses working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. MCA in Georgia is providing support to improve the quality of education in these traditionally male-dominated fields, as well as supporting greater responsiveness to labor market needs. Within these fields, there is also great potential to break down stereotypes and to reach out to more women as students and employees.
During the MOU signing event, Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador at Large and member of the Consultancy Group of Georgian Partnership Fund, Ketevan Natriashvili, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Kateri Clement, Resident Country Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Anna Nakashidze, Chief Executive Officer of OpenNet, all stressed the important role that TVETs and businesses can play in empowering women. TVET and business representatives were then engaged in a round-table discussion on the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, as well as MCA Georgia’s selection criteria in relation to gender equality.
The focus of the collaboration between UN Women and MCA Georgia will be the promotion of Women’s Empowerment Principle number 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women.