UN Women supports its partners in mainstreaming gender equality
Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
One of the essential components necessary to strengthen gender equality is the introduction of adequate values into a variety of organizations. To support this effort, UN Women assists its partners in developing and implementing a gender equality strategy. One such partner, the agency “Enterprise Georgia”, has already approved this strategy and a three-year action plan. The process was supported by UN Women.
According to the strategy, Enterprise Georgia will make an effort to observe gender equality within the agency and to develop, implement and monitor the agency’s policy on the basis of gender mainstreaming. At the same time, it will improve the collection of sex-disaggregated data on both the beneficiaries of the agency and its staff.
The three-year strategy and action plan place a special focus on the prevention and elimination of discrimination and sexual harassment. The agency has also approved an effective mechanism for the elimination of and response to sexual harassment, developed in close cooperation with UN Women.
“Gender equality is a necessary precondition - with no other alternative - for achieving economic progress. This is why we pay special attention to this issue. The gender equality strategy and action plan has been developed with UN Women’s assistance for which I would like to express extreme gratitude. This action plan will be our guide in establishing gender equality and women’s empowerment principles”, said Mikheil Khidureli, Director of Enterprise Georgia.
The gender equality strategy and action plan of the agency are based on the key safeguards of equal rights, freedoms and opportunities for women and men as stipulated in the Constitution and legislation of Georgia. At the same time, these documents reflect the international commitments undertaken by Georgia and the gender equality policy of the Government of Georgia.
The partnership between UN Women and Enterprise Georgia is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding that is focused on promoting women’s economic empowerment and mainstreaming gender equality. The activities envisaged under this cooperation, including the development of a gender equality strategy and action plan, are carried out within the framework of the project “A Joint Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia”, implemented by UN Women with the generous financial support of the Government of Norway.