Georgia’s security sector institutions improve sex-disaggregated data collection and analysis systems

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

There are large gaps in gender data which make differences between women and girls and men and boys invisible globally.

The group photo of the training participants
The group photo of the training participants; Photo: UN Women

To enhance equality between the sexes, systematic collection and use of sex and age disaggregated data and gender analysis must become a priority for all countries. In Georgia, the establishment of sex-disaggregated data collection and analysis systems is one of the commitments undertaken by the Government of Georgia under the 2018-2020 National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. Such data represent an inevitable step towards creating an enabling environment for the increased participation of women in decision-making positions in the security sector.

Towards this end, on 10 and 11 October, UN Women organized a two-day training for the security agencies on collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data to support the implementation of Women, Peace and Security agenda priorities in Georgia. More than twenty participants from the human resources teams of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the State Security Service enhanced their knowledge and skills in collecting and analyzing sex-segregated data in the training, supported by Fernando Izquierdo, an expert from the Spanish Ministry of Defence.

“These two days have been extremely useful for me. Data disaggregated by sex provide an insight into where men and women are located in the security sector, what are their professional trajectories, etc. This enables us to develop gender responsive policies, including those related to the professional development of men and women, and achieve greater gender equality within the Ministry,” - reflected Manana Jabadari, Head of the Division on Human Resource Management of the Ministry of Defence, Department of Human Resource Management and Professional Development.

As part of the training, UN Women guidelines for sex disaggregated data analysis were developed, that will support the security sector partners to further develop internal tools for improved data collection, processing and analysis.

The training was organized within the framework of the UN Women project “Strengthening Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peacebuilding and Gender Mainstreaming in the Security Sector in Georgia”, funded by the UK Government.