UN Women continues to support its partners in implementing sexual harassment complaints mechanisms

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019

UN Women places high priority on there being a gender-sensitive and discrimination-free corporate culture and work environment at the organizations with which it partners on various projects focused on women’s empowerment.

More than 30 employees of the GFA attended a two-day training on gender equality, women’s rights and sexual harassment
More than 30 employees of the GFA attended a two-day training on gender equality, women's rights and sexual harassment; Photo: GFA

To this effect, UN Women continues to organize awareness-raising activities for its partners. Most recently, more than 30 employees of the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) attended a two-day training on gender equality, women’s rights and sexual harassment.

The training addressed various topics such as gender-based violence and discrimination, services focused on protection from domestic violence, other support services, women’s economic empowerment, the gender division of labour, and unpaid work. It is noteworthy that the GFA has been working on implementing a sexual harassment complaints mechanism for the past few months, with the support of UN Women. The final version of this mechanism was approved during the training.

Giorgi Noniashvili, Deputy Chairperson of the GFA, commented at the end of the training: “In general, our daily lives are guided by the principles that were shaped along our development and that were, to a certain extent, strongly affected by the overall situation in the country, as well as traditions and stereotypes. Correspondingly, this impact is reflected in our daily activities, decisions and behaviours. The training gave me valuable knowledge about gender equality and discriminatory attitudes. It made me think about minor details that, without the training, would have remained unnoticed.”

UN Women has been cooperating with the GFA since 2016. Currently the Association is implementing one of the components of UN Women’s project “A Joint Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia” (JAWE), which is focused on promoting women’s entrepreneurship.

It is noteworthy that UN Women conducted similar trainings this year for another partner, the Academy of the Ministry of Finance. Providing trainings for partners is part of the JAWE project, implemented by UN Women with the generous financial support of the Government of Norway.