Government of Georgia presents national-level review of implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Beijing+25

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence held a presentation of the draft report “National-level Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Beijing+25 (BPfA)” with support from the UN Women.

Deputy Minister of Justice and Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Commission, Gocha Lortkipanidze making welcoming remark
Deputy Minister of Justice and Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Commission, Gocha Lortkipanidze making welcoming remark; Photo: UN Women/Leli Blagonravova

The meeting opened with welcoming remarks from the Deputy Minister of Justice and Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Commission, Gocha Lortkipanidze: “As a defining framework for positive change towards gender equality, the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action remain a powerful source of guidance and inspiration for policymaking. The Government of Georgia prioritizes its commitment to the BPfA and also after 25 years acknowledges the need to take action for the empowerment and advancement of women.”

The presentation brought together diverse stakeholders working on gender equality, violence against women and domestic violence, including representatives of the Government as well as international and civil society organizations to share the review’s key findings and discuss their implications for policy and action on the ground.

The report was prepared by the Inter-Agency Commission with technical support from the UN Women Georgia Country Office. The comprehensive national-level review assesses progress made in the implementation and identifies challenges encountered since the adoption of the BPfA some 25 years ago. The review aligns and builds synergies with work on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and galvanizes its gender-responsive implementation.

Irina Lortkipanidze, expert of the Inter-Agency Commission and UN Women, presented the governmental report across the critical areas of concern. She affirmed progress made by the Government of Georgia and identified existing challenges.

Tamar Sabedashvili, Deputy Country Representative for UN Women, explained the next steps regarding the official submission and consideration of the national-level review’s report at both the regional and global levels and encouraged civil society organizations to submit thematic individual and/or group alternative reports before the end of July 2019.

The BPfA is the main outcome document of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women and concerns all UN Member States. The document sets forth governments’ commitments to enhance women’s rights. Member States reaffirmed and strengthened the platform in 2000 during a global five-year review of the progress and pledged to accelerate its implementation through similar review processes every five years.