Government of Georgia approves two 2018-2020 National Action Plans supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Government of Georgia approved the NAP on the Implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; and the NAP on the Measures to be Implemented for Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

The building of Administration of the Government of Georgia
The building of the Administration of the Government of Georgia; Photo: The Government of Georgia

The two NAPs consider lessons learned from the implementation of the previous phases of the 2016-2017 plans, as well as respond to key international commitments undertaken in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment. These include commitments under the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention), as well as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Universal Periodic Review and commitments assumed under the nationalized Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16.

Ms. Sopo Japaridze, Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues and Chair of the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, noted: “The plans were developed in broad consultation with national partners from the line ministries and key public institutions responsible for their implementation, as well as with development partners and the representatives of civil society and grass-roots groups. This is critical to ensure that the plans are realistic and effectively address the challenges to achieve gender equality and empower women in Georgia.”

UN Women has provided technical assistance for the development of both plans. The 2018-2020 NAP on the Measures to be Implemented for Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence envisages introducing a risk assessment methodology in responding to domestic violence cases, institutionalizing an electronic monitoring system for high-risk offenders and launching behavior correction programmes for perpetrators of domestic violence. These measures were developed in close cooperation with UN Women and with the financial support of the European Union.

As for the 2018-2020 NAP on the Implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, significant importance is paid to its localization in cooperation with local self-government to reach out to the beneficiaries in a more tangible manner.

The Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence is responsible for coordinating the implementation of both plans in close cooperation with line ministries and state agencies.