UN Women signs MoU with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The long-standing partnership between UN Women and the Ministry in ensuring efficient prevention of and response to the instances of violence against women and girls and domestic violence has now been formalized.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia; Photo: The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
On 26 July 2017, Deputy Minister Shalva Khutsishvili signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UN Women to further enhance the response of the police to violence against women and domestic violence cases and increase the safety of the survivors.

In particular, UN Women will provide technical assistance to the Ministry in the development of mandatory Special Operating Procedures (SOPs) for district, patrol and criminal police officers on the uniform response to domestic violence and violence against women and girls. A risk assessment tool for the incidents of domestic violence and violence against women and girls will also be developed and introduced to ensure better protection of the victims/survivors from the reoccurrence of violent incidents.

Moreover, a GPS ankle bracelet monitoring system for the perpetrators of domestic violence and violence against women and girls will be introduced to ensure the safety of survivors in high-risk cases. Opportunities for the establishment of a specialized unit within the police force for cases of domestic violence and violence against women and girls will be explored.

The Ministry will further develop and introduce internal SOPs to prevent and respond to sexual harassment cases among its employees, accompanied with online training for staff to raise their awareness on the topic of workplace sexual harassment.

“The Ministry is unequivocally committed to ensuring efficient preventive measures as well as coordinated and swift response to the instances of violence against women and girls and domestic violence,” said Deputy Minister Khutsishvili. “To this end, we are entering into the Memorandum of Understanding with UN Women to better meet the requirements deriving from the Istanbul Convention recently ratified by Georgia and the nationalized targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The implementation of the MoU is supported by UN Women with generous funding from the Government of Sweden within the framework of the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality and as part of the joint action “Unite to Fight Violence against Women” with the EU Delegation to Georgia.