Prosecutor’s Office undergoes Participatory Gender Audit with UN Women support
Since 2012, UN Women has been supporting key national partners in undergoing Participatory Gender Audits (PGAs) to diagnose the gender mainstreaming status quo and facilitate the integration of a gender perspective into their policies, programmes and structures.
On 29 March 2021, representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and UN Women gathered to discuss the results of the PGA that was conducted at the Prosecutor’s Office with the technical and financial support of UN Women at the end of 2020. The discussion centred around the key findings of the PGA report, as well as practical solutions for integrating the report’s recommendations into the work of the Prosecutor’s Office.
The PGA methodology was developed by the International Labour Organization in the early 2000s and is a tool that supports organizations in improving gender mainstreaming within their structures and operations. More specifically, it examines whether effective systems for gender mainstreaming are in place; monitors and assesses the progress made in terms of gender mainstreaming in the organization; identifies critical gaps and challenges; and puts forward recommendations to address them.
“The findings and recommendations of the Participatory Gender Audit will inform the new strategy of the Prosecutor’s Office and other internal policy documents to be developed in 2021,” the official statement of the Prosecutor’s Office reads. Tamar Sabedashvili, UN Women Country Representative ad interim in Georgia, commented: “The Prosecutor’s Office is UN Women’s long-standing strategic partner, especially when it comes to combating violence against women and ensuring access to justice for women and girls. We hope that the Participatory Gender Audit conducted with UN Women’s support will enable the Prosecutor’s Office to better address gender mainstreaming gaps within its system and, more importantly, benefit from gender-responsive internal policies and procedures.”
The initiative is taking place within the framework of the UN Women project “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia”, generously supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.